The Dual Meaning of ‘Practice:’ Explaining Judaism to Athletes
February 8, 2023
Rabbi Jason Bonder
Associate Rabbbi, Congregation Beth Or
Bummed that the Super Bowl and NFL season are over? Don’t worry, you can delve into the links between athletic competition, training, spiritual practice and Torah from Rabbi Jason Bonder, an RRC graduate who has played professional baseball and competed in triathlons.
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