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The New Jewish Star of the NBA

posted by Brad Hirschfield

We all know the old joke, partly true and partly self-loathing, about the shortest book in the world — Great Jews in Sports. But every once in a while there is one, and in this most recent case, he doesn’t even take to the court. He’s Idan Ravin, the Hoops Whisperer.
Is it just kibbitizing and good marketing, for both of which Jews are already well known, or is this something more? Has Ravin tapped into a variety of Jewish experiences including the importance of staying nimble in rapidly changing circumstances, and the kind of healthy competitive spirit, known in Hebrew as kinat sofrim, which animated rabbinic debate starting with the Talmud?
Whatever is going on here, Ravin is the hottest new thing in professional basketball. And how often does that happen?



  • Anton C.

    That’s a good April Fool’s gag from the WSJ. I particularly liked “To make ends meet, Mr. Ravin operates a group of ethnic dating sites from his laptop — including Ethiopian Personals and Eligible Greeks.” People familiar with athletic training would dismiss his workouts as amateurish.

  • Your Name

    Anton – You do not know what you are talking about. Is jealousy your motivation? Do you think that by putting down a person’ s career yours will be elvated. Grow up man!

  • Glenn

    Google the beginnings of Professional Basketball and you will see that in the early years many Jewish players were stars when the league first started in the mid 1940’s.
    A trivia question certain to win you the schnops of your choice—
    Who was the first player to score a basket in the NBA?
    Oscar(Ozzie)Schectman- N.Y. Knicks (Team Captain)

  • Your Name

    Basketball is no fun to me…i have disowned that game lately.
    I try to concentrate on my work out no matter what happens,beside
    eating less than my usual meal,i don’t have to take diet,it is
    dangerous to my health.I try to sleep more and drink more water.
    I don’t want to think about playing basketball,i am a junkie at
    heart with that game.I STRONGLY refuse basketball games!!I am
    getting older and my knees hurt.

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