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The New MMA Hotbed: Israel

A father passes the fighting torch to his prodigal son, and a new generation of combat athletes makes a name for the Promised Land

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The Koufax Curse

Jewish baseball stars for the Astros, Braves, and Dodgers all decide to play on Yom Kippur. They all lose.

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MMA’s Big Macher

A conversation with Ariel Helwani, a Montreal Jew of Mizrahi extraction whose climb to the top of mixed martial arts journalism just landed him a new show on ESPN

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Federer, Nadal, and the Talmud

Are the two tennis masters in the French Open semifinals really just incarnations of two of Judaism’s wisest rabbis?

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Meyer and Sid

The great NFL quarterback Sid Luckman had a secret: his father’s ties to the Jewish mob

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Einstein on the Mound

Ep. 153: ‘Our Friend From Israel’ podcast host Benyamin Cohen and ‘Wall Street Journal’ sports columnist Jason Gay

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The Black Cohens

The scattering of African-Americans named Cohen in the NFL is just the tip of a deeper American Cohen tale

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Comrades, Run!

How a grueling 56-mile ultramarathon in South Africa became a stage for racial reconciliation—and national belonging for immigrant Jews

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The World Cup Made Me a Believer

In watching the great Maradona play, a lesson in theology

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Hockey Broadcasting Legend Stan Fischler Retires, Moves to the Golan Heights

As the Washington Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights vie for the 2018 Stanley Cup, the man known as The Hockey Maven leaves the sport behind—richer than he found it in 1939

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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 Giro d’Italia bike race begins in Jerusalem 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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