Binnie Klein


Fighting for the Borscht Belt

By Binnie Klein

Fighting for the Borscht Belt
It may sound like the setup for an old joke: It’s dinner time and three gentile kids — one Latino, one black and one white — are waiting impatiently for a slow Shabbos elevator to arrive.Read More


A Lover of Boxing Copes With a Hero’s Loss

By Binnie Klein

A Lover of Boxing Copes With a Hero’s Loss
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.Read More


Therapist by Day, Boxer by Night

By Binnie Klein

Therapist by Day, Boxer by Night
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.Read More






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    • "It pains and shocks me to say this, but here goes: My father was right all along. He always told me, as I spouted liberal talking points at the Shabbos table and challenged his hawkish views on Israel and the Palestinians to his unending chagrin, that I would one day change my tune." Have you had a similar experience?
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    • "Woody Allen should have quit while he was ahead." Ezra Glinter's review of "Magic in the Moonlight": http://jd.fo/f4Q1Q
    • Jon Stewart responds to his critics: “Look, obviously there are many strong opinions on this. But just merely mentioning Israel or questioning in any way the effectiveness or humanity of Israel’s policies is not the same thing as being pro-Hamas.”
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