Yeshiva University Basketball Team Faces Israel-Hamas war
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OCTOBER 25, 2023 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Yeshiva University Basketball Team Faces Israel-Hamas war
by Anthony Olivieri, ESPN.com
“Members of the Yeshiva University men's basketball team stood in the dark along the baseline of the school gym, waiting for the overhead lights to turn on so they could start practice. It was Monday, Oct. 9, two days after Hamas launched an unprecedented surprise attack by air, land and sea from Gaza on neighboring Israel, which subsequently declared war.
One of the players opened a prayer book and read aloud in Hebrew a message often recited in support of Israeli soldiers and their safe return. Part of the passage he read: My help is from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth; He will not allow your foot to falter; Your Guardian will not slumber -- Tehillim (psalms) 121.
As they prayed on the court inside the Max Stern Athletic Center's basement gym at the private Orthodox Jewish school in upper Manhattan, two teammates and their head coach weren't yet home from Israel, where they had traveled for a Jewish holiday, Sukkot. That left two assistant coaches in charge of the impossible -- focusing the players on practice drills and full-court scrimmages.”
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