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HOOPS: Tamir Goodman, an Orthodox player, recently joined the Maccabi Haifa Heat Professional Basketball Club.

Nice Jewish Boy Signs With Israeli Team

For the past quarter of a century, basketball fans around the world have been eager to anoint the next Jordan (not the country, but the next Michael Jordan — by consensus the greatest player the game’s ever known). Every few years, a new athlete seems poised to assume the mantle, from Kobe Bryant to Tracy McGrady to Lebron James to… Tamir Goodman?

Coach Makes Slam Dunk

Wunderkind Bruce Pearl, the second-fastest National Collegiate Athletic Association coach in history to win 300 games, is also college basketball’s court jester and most boisterous booster. A grandson of Jewish immigrants from Sharon, Mass., Pearl, 47, has been bringing to bear his own combination of free-spirited offense and suffocating defense wherever he goes, most recently as head coach of the University of Tennessee men’s basketball program.

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Holy Land, Batman!

It wasn’t that long ago when comic books were consigned to the bottom of the literary heap — a stepchild genre printed on cheap, recycled pulp. But not anymore.

Maccabi Tel Aviv played an exhibition game against the New York Knicks.

Maccabi Tel Aviv Takes On the Knicks Maccabi Tel Aviv Takes On the Knicks

It is estimated that there are more than 80,000 Israelis living in New York City. Last Thursday, many of them were rocking the roof of Madison Square Garden as Maccabi Tel Aviv’s basketball squad faced off against the New York Knicks in what was undoubtedly the most raucous preseason exhibition game played at the Garden.

Israeli Hoopster Gets A Shot at the NBA

The ranks of the National Basketball Association have become decidedly more international in recent years. Steve Nash, the MVP two seasons running, was born in Canada to South African parents. Yao Ming, the top young center in the league, is from China. The star of the Dallas Mavericks is Dirk Nowitzki, a German national.

Strange Entries in the Annals of Conversion

Last Thursday, at the Clinton Correctional Facility in upstate New York (not to be confused with a secret shed behind Bill and Hillary’s Chappaqua home), jailed rapper Shyne (né Jamaal Michael Barrow) assumed the name Moses Michael Leviy after a jailhouse conversion to Judaism. Having recently come to believe that he was descended

Finding Love in Punjab, India

Just months after being introduced by a pair of mutual friends at a spiritual colony in Punjab, India, Ken Rosenblatt and Ruth Deyenne married July 19 in a small ceremony at the new couple’s home in Falls Church, Va. The service was presided over by Justice of the Peace Georgianne Atkins-Haville and was attended by friends and family who

Latin-Jewish Duo Bridges Cultures in Rhyme

Shout “1492” in a crowded bar, and some alter kocker may sing out, “Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” While the equally truthful “Ferdinand decreed killing Jews the thing to do” maintains the rhyme, it lacks the singsong syncopation necessary to indoctrinate generations of school children. Alas. Inquisitionally, 1492 was a banner year