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Rooting for the Yankees May Be Good for Your Soul. No, Really.

I used to loathe the Bronx Bombers, until a religious epiphany taught me something about baseball, politics, and the perils of tribalism

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Sabermetrician Ari Kaplan Uses the Science of Balls and Strikes to Illuminate the Fate of Holocaust Rescuer Raoul Wallenberg

How a baseball stats nerd came to ‘interrogate the database’ of a Soviet prison in search of clues to a 70-year-old mystery

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How I Became a Man

As the Cubs clinch a playoff berth to defend their first title in more than 100 years, a baseball fan remembers the metaphysical horror of watching the North Side Chicago club lose in 1984

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Gidget Tells All

The septuagenarian Jewish surfing icon Kathy Kohner Zuckerman is still riding that wave

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Did the Great Italian Cyclist Gino Bartali Actually Save Jews During the Holocaust? An Investigation.

As the Tour de France wraps up this week, a historical debate still rages over who deserves credit for the production of identity cards for Jews hidden in Florence

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Sid Gillman, My Coach

As the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots visit Donald Trump’s White House today, the Pro Football Hall of Fame lineman remembers the character traits he learned from his leader

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Israeli MMA Fighter Noad Lahat, From the Octagon to Gaza and Back

The mixed martial artist takes his love of the Jewish state into the ring tonight in Chicago

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An Open Letter to the Writer of the Open Letter to Robert Kraft

On the Super Bowl-winning owner of the New England Patriots, dining companion of the president, and ‘Trump Derangement Syndrome’

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An Open Letter to Robert Kraft

From a lifelong New England Patriots fan who wonders about your friendship with President Donald Trump

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Schwartz Authority

This week on Unorthodox, Jewish NFL player Geoff Schwartz and etiquette expert Patricia Napier-Fitzpatrick

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Don’t Hate the Player

This week on Unorthodox, sports writer Matthew Futterman and Latin enthusiast Ann Patty

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Is Dragan Bender the NBA’s Next Unicorn?

A top-five prospect for June 23rd’s NBA draft the 7-foot-1, 18-year-old Croat has been honing his craft at Maccabi Tel Aviv. But is ‘The Next Porzingis’ ready for the big time?

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Cult Following

This week on Unorthodox: Drake plays house, plus Jewish Baseball Museum founder Jeff Aeder and writer and performer Carrie Poppy

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Noah Kales Puts the Jew in Jiu-Jitsu

The Toronto-based champ is 4’10”, weighing in at 82 lbs., and 13 years old

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Is the Coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers a Philip Roth Character?

To understand David Blatt, think less pick-and-roll and more ‘Portnoy’s Complaint’

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What Will Britain Look Like When the Jews Leave? Leeds United.

The once glorious club is in disarray and middling in the second-tier tables, with its last Champions League semifinal years behind

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Rocco the Hockey-Playing Jew Meets Sugar Land, Texas

The first stop on a possible rise to the major leagues for a kid from Heschel? The wilds of suburban Houston.

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The Knicks Are the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict of Basketball

In both Madison Square Garden and the Promised Land, there’s something instructive about watching men battle despair

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Single Dad’s Hoop Dreams Come True in Tel Aviv

When the NBA passed on him, guard Tyrese Rice found a home in Israel—and led Maccabi Tel Aviv to its sixth Euroleague crown

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Soccer, Like Politics, Is About Corruption, Incompetence, and Obsessing With the Jews

Ravaged by allegations of widespread corruption, FIFA—world soccer’s controlling body—focuses on Israel

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Forget Peanuts and Cracker Jack. What Jews Love About Baseball Is Jewish Players.

A new exhibit paints the sport as a vehicle for assimilation, but Greenberg, Koufax, and even Ryan Braun are Jewish role models

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What’s the Jewish Equivalent of a Jamaican Bobsledder? Maybe an Israeli Curler.

Hoping to compete at the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea, Israeli recruiters are looking for North American curlers to join the team

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These Jewish Ice Dancers May Be the Ones To Watch at the Winter Olympics—in 2022

Gigi and Luca Becker and Eliana Gropman—day-school classmates—took top novice medals at this year’s U.S. championships

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Why We Won’t Be Covering Sochi

Russia is eager to hide its abominable persecution of gays behind Olympic pomp. We mustn’t let it.

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Where’s the Jewish Jeremy Lin? Maybe Playing in New York’s Yeshiva League

At the Heschel School, an ambitious plan to become a basketball powerhouse is paying off and turning scholars into ballers

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How LeBron James and the Miami Heat Brought Me and My Grandfather Together

Retired in Century Village, he has a newfound passion for NBA basketball that keeps him going and keeps us connected

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For Long-Suffering Chicago Bears Fans, Hope For Victory Has a New Name: ‘The Rabbi’

Tonight, Coach Marc Trestman faces his first test as he sends his players to face the rival Green Bay Packers

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A Passionate Rivalry Between Two Women—On the Chess Board and Everywhere Else

International chess champions Anna Zatonskih and Irina Krush play the game of life to a draw

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Aspiring Basketball Stars Head to Suburban Westchester, Where the ‘Shot Doctor’ Is In

John Goldman relies on geometry and practice to help players from NBA star Elton Brand to actor Elliott Gould

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How a Jewish Kid From Connecticut Made It to the Major Leagues

Josh Zeid plays for one of the worst teams in baseball but still says he’s living the dream

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