When Religion Gets In The Way Of Sports

Stephen Richer
When Religion Gets In The Way Of Sports

Considering how many Jews are competing in the upper-echelons of athletics, it’s no surprise that an occasional conflict should arise between a playoff game and a Jewish holiday.  When this happens, what is the athletic Jew to do?

Having grown up in a household where Judaism ranked third in the list of family worships (1–Sports 2–Jane Austen), this question never posed much of a problem to me.

But it did for the much vaunted Northwest Yeshiva women’s basketball team.


Are they to be commended?