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January 5, 2013
January 14, 2013 1:12 AM
2 reasons: 1- we dont have time. We devote most of our day to prayers, learning, taking care of our family and doing hesed for others. At the end of the day, we value good deeds over medals for the "fastest" or "quickest". 2- Jews as a whole are more intellectual. Each nation was given an area of expertise. Jews have the gift of brains (As a whole). Other nations such as Africans have incredible physical ability. Greeks had the gift of beauty etc... therefore, there are many Jewish names with PhDs and Nobel Peace Prizes, but not very many in the world of sports.
January 10, 2013 7:08 PM
Performers in the sketch
In the expanded clip on Youtube, Rob Reiner introduces Harry Shearer and Billy Crystal as the actual performers in the sketch.
January 8, 2013 5:08 PM
This is funny and very clever. The players are delightful and have great timing. Who wrote the brilliant dialog?
January 7, 2013 9:07 PM
There is a bit of emess here
Ali's grandson, Jacob Wertheimer, was (takeh) called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah in April of 2012 at Rodeph Shalom in Philadlephia. Ali attended, and according to his daughter-in-law was interested and followed along with the service.
January 7, 2013 6:58 PM
God Bless Billy Crystal and whoever's playing Tom Synder?
January 9, 2013 1:21 AM
That was Danny Akroyd. You can hear that Elmore blues cadence in his Tom Snyder imitation
January 10, 2013 10:40 PM
Not Dan Akroyd
The actor playing Tom Snyder isn't Dan Ackroyd
January 13, 2013 2:17 AM
Close. That's Harry Shearer playing Tom Snyder. Aykroyd did a Snyder impression on SNL in the Seventies, but I think this is from the 1984-85 season -- Shearer and Crystal were both cast members that year.
November 18, 2013 9:56 PM
One of the posts asked about the gentleman playing Tom Snyder. That is the talented Harry Shearer probably best know as the one of members of the fictional rock band called Spinal Tap. He's also voiced many of the character voices on The Simpsons, including Ned Flanders.
January 7, 2013 3:23 PM
Along came college
There were a number of Jewish athletes in the first half of the 20th century. They were first-generation Jewish-Americans whose families could not afford to send them to college. As these athletes succeeded, they sent their children to college to become professionals (doctors, lawyers, teachers, etc.). Interesting note: There are now several Jewish jockeys. Imagine that!
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