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The Koufax Phenomenon

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Visitor Comments: 49

(49) bernard zemsky, March 8, 2011 8:16 PM

Koufax yes, Kantor no

When you read the biography of Sandy Koufax you learn that he was not only a great pitcher but he was a a wonderful caring person. Others want to be accepted by these creeps so badly they are willing to grin and be a creep and anti social welfare for people in need.

(48) GLP, March 7, 2011 4:45 PM

Rabbi Meir Kahane

I grew up in LI, NY had everything, (speed boat, car was a track star) everything except a reason to be. Rabbi Kahane gave me that reason and like thousands of others influenced by him, took on the responsibilities of a Jew. A person of inspiration is a person of lasting influence. What can a movie star possibly leave us?

(47) Anonymous, February 27, 2011 12:37 PM


Golda Meir, the Gershwin Brothers, Oscar Hammerstein, Fanny Brice, Charles Chaplin, Woody Allen, Gilda Radner, Vladamir Horowitz, Jonas Salk the list is just too long to even begin to touch on what makes me proud to have been born a Jewess.

(46) Sam, February 13, 2011 10:17 AM

Two Great Jews

Two great Jews of blessed memory: Mr. Irving Bunim and Rabbi Meir Kahane. For all who don't know of Mr. Irving Bumin, please research on the internet. He was an outstanding Jewish leader of the 20th century who serves as a most inspiring role model for all! As for Rabbi Kahane, he had the courage to do what he could in dealing with reality on behalf of the Jewish people and Israel!

(45) Joseph Lieberman, February 13, 2011 4:04 AM

Satmar rebbe had the full attention of the State of Israel...Really.

Growing up in Brooklyn, NY I was exposed to Jews of every stripe and color. However, my father, alav hashalom, taught me at an early age that Rabbi Joel Teitelbaum zt'l, the late Satmar rebbe, was a spiritual giant who helped save Torah-true Judaism after WWII. The rebbe's unpopular stance on modern- day secular Zionism was one of the aspects of his life that made headlines. Particularly among secular Jews, including the leaders of the State of Israel, he ruffled feathers by being outspokenly critical of the new country's anti-religious policies. Later, as a young adult I did a lot of reading on the subject and came to the conclusion that what my father had taught me growing up, namely about the rebbe's saintliness, was in no way exaggerated. Although, I am not an official Satmar chosid, I do attempt to emulate the rebbe's legendary chesed oriented character by being kind to every Jew, be he/she religious or not, Zionist, Chasidic, Yeshivish, Sephardic or otherwise. He doled out many thousands of dollars in charity without any regard to the recipients' affiliations. All the rebbe was concerned with was that he was helping a fellow Jew in distress. He is my hero, and despite the fact that he was a religious leader, he very much was the center of constant media attention. His followers too, are renowned for their generous and charitable ways. He lives on with a legacy that heals, teaches and inspires. Shavuah Tov!

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