Yuri Foreman and Orthodox Bodies
The sight of a Jewish champion, standing in that emotionally sweaty pose raising victorious fists in front of the Israeli flag, is enough to bring tears into the eyes of Jews everywhere. But Yuri Foreman, who three-time world champion Daniel Santos for the WBA Super Welterweight title, has become a phenomenon for the other aspect of his life: he's also an ultra-Orthodox rabbinical student. The excitement with which his personality and lifestyle have been greeted is understandable though a bit bizarre. I mean, I get the ethnic pride. You know, Jewish guys everywhere, including in my own house, have gotten a huge boost here. It's cute, actually. But really, at the risk of stating the obvious, I would like to ask the following: Doesn't the idea of kicking the wind out of someone until he's knocked unconscious go against some mitzvah somewhere?