By Leonard J. Greenspoon
For a few, the relationship among Jews and athletics might sound far-fetched. yet in truth, as is highlighted via the fourteen chapters during this assortment, Jews were engaging in—and considering about—sports for greater than thousand years.
The articles during this quantity test a large chronological variety: from the Hellenistic interval (first century BCE) to the newest basketball season. the diversity of athletes coated is both wide: from individuals in Roman-style video games to wrestlers, boxers, fencers, baseball avid gamers, and basketball stars.
The authors of those essays, a lot of whom actively perform athletics themselves, elevate a few exciting questions, corresponding to: What differing attitudes towards activities have Jews exhibited throughout sessions and cultures? Is it attainable to be a “good Jew” and a “great athlete”? In what activities have Jews excelled, and why? How have Jews triumph over prejudices at the a part of the overall population opposed to a Jewish presence at the box or within the ring? In what methods has Jewish participation in activities aided, or didn't relief, the conception of Jews as “good Germans,” “good Hungarians,” “good Americans,” and so forth?
This quantity, which encompasses a variety of illustrations (many of them relatively rare), isn't just available to the overall reader, but in addition comprises a lot info of curiosity to the coed in Jewish reviews, American reviews, and activities history.