On December 5, in Newcastle, England, Dmitriy “Star of David” Salita — born in Ukraine but raised, coached and tutored in Talmud in Brooklyn — stepped into the ring to fight Amir Khan, the Muslim “Pride of Bolton,” for the WBA light-welterweight title. On November 14, boxer and aspiring rabbi Yuri Foreman had won the WBA’s super welterweight title. Two Jewish champions within one month? A tantalizing possibility.
By day, Binnie Klein, a 55-year-old Jewish psychotherapist, sees patients from the comfort of a leather recliner; by night, she’s in the ring — a boxer on the amateur circuit. In this excerpt from her forthcoming book, “Blows to the Head: How Boxing Changed My Mind,” Klein explains her unlikely love affair with the sport.