Maybe he’ll fare better in yeshiva than in the ring.
Yuri Foreman, boxer and aspiring rabbi, lost his first bout on Saturday night, the first defense of his World Boxing Association super welterweight title. Wearing a black brace on his right knee, a result of a previous injury, he slipped on the wet canvas in the seventh round and twisted the knee. Foreman fought on in pain, hobbled and limping, until the fight was stopped on a technical knockout in the ninth round.
Two weeks after a group of Lebanese chefs reclaimed a hummus world record from Israel and set a new falafel record, a new front in the international garbanzo wars opened here.
As part of “Celebrate Israel Week,” which included an Israeli-flag raising in Lower Manhattan and the annual Salute to Israel parade along Fifth Avenue, the Jewish Community Relations Council last week sponsored a new world record, soon to be certified by the Guinness Book of Records.
For many Israelis, Iyar 28 was the best day of the Six-Day War.
That was the date — June 6, 1967 on the secular calendar — when a divided Jerusalem became united, Israeli paratroopers capturing the Temple Mount, defeating Jordanian troops, crying at the Western Wall, ending 19 years of Arab rule that had kept Jews away from some of their holiest sites.
In traditional Jewish circles, Shavuot is zman matan Torateinu, the time of the giving of our Torah.
In many Jewish circles, Shavuot is “the cheesecake holiday.”
The holiday, which starts Tuesday night, marks God’s giving the Torah to the freed nation of Hebrew slaves on Mount Sinai, 49 days after the Exodus from Egypt. Dairy products are often eaten on Shavuot to commemorate the inclusion in the Torah of instructions for slaughtering kosher animals and preparing kosher meat.