Time-out: Sports Sto­ries as a Game Plan for Spir­i­tu­al Success

Dov Moshe Lipman
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By – January 19, 2012
This col­lec­tion of anec­dotes and moral preach­ing based on sports analo­gies may serve a pur­pose in an Ortho­dox home or school set­ting, but oth­ers will prob­a­bly find the book too didac­tic. The author want­ed to use sports to high­light some of the pre­cepts of eth­i­cal liv­ing, but the tone makes the book too preachy for many read­ers. There are many ref­er­ences to Bib­li­cal and Tal­mu­dic teach­ings as they relate to some well known sports moments like the tri­umph of the U.S. hock­ey team in the Olympics. The sto­ry of this vic­to­ry is inter­rupt­ed with quotes from King David, Ibn Ezra, and the Tal­mud, to name just a few. The result is the author giv­ing the read­er a pre­scrip­tion for liv­ing a moral life, rather than a book for young sports fans.
Susan Dubin was the first librar­i­an hon­ored with a Milken Fam­i­ly Foun­da­tion Jew­ish Edu­ca­tor Award. She is the owner/​director of Off-the-Shelf Library Ser­vices and library instruc­tion­al con­sul­tant at Val­ley Beth Shalom Day School in Enci­no, CA.

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