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Context Makes the Man: Torah Thoughts from Football

By Rabbi Yaakov Silverman Case Keenum has been enjoying the 2017 season more than anyone ever dreamed. Not only is he starting, but he is playing fantastic football. I do not think anyone saw this coming and as St. Louisans it is particularly hard to believe this is the same guy we had here just […]


From Side Lines to Center Stage: Torah Lessons from Sports

By Rabbi Yaakov Silverman After an incredible first half of the season, Deshaun Watson’s torn ACL stopped him in his tracks. Texans fans and fantasy owners that had vested interest in this young, exciting, and talented QB, must now face the uncomfortable realization that his rookie season is over. All those records he could have […]


Finding Your “Playoff Beard”

By Rabbi Yaakov Silverman A custom has developed in many sports that as playoffs begin so does the beard. Facial hair has become an indication that a team or player is playoff bound. The originator is said to be Butch Goring of the New York Islanders in the 80’s. He may have gotten the idea […]


Staying Young: Torah Lessons from Baseball

By Rabbi Yaakov Silverman As the World Series is coming to a close, I noticed something strange about my feelings for the loser of the ALCS. Growing up in Atlanta, I have developed a strong hatred for the pinstriped Bronx bombers. Year after year, I would find myself hopeful of another championship for my city […]


Perseverance: Torah Lessons from Football

By Rabbi Yaakov Silverman As if the Browns season was not bad enough. LT Joe Thomas, the consistent beacon of hope and slight ray of success tore his tricep and is out for the rest of the season. After 167 straight starts since his rookie season in 2007, 10 Pro Bowl appearances, and an impressive […]

A Powerful Leader: Torah Lessons in Fantasy Football

  By Rabbi Yaakov Silverman Week one of the NFL season brought devastating news to at least one member of every fantasy league in the nation and also to the Arizona Cardinals. David Johnson, the third year back and fantasy league superstar, dislocated his wrist on a 24-yard catch against the Lions in the third quarter […]

Breaking Your Fighting Pattern: Torah Lessons in Boxing

By Rabbi Yaakov Silverman On August 26th, just a few weeks ago, Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr finally squared off for a much anticipated fight. Mayweather, one of the best boxers to ever play the game, squaring off against an amateur boxer in his first-ever professional match. How did rookie McGregor survive for 10 rounds in […]

2017 Season Begins

Over the past 10 years, since the inception of Torah & Turf, we have been working hard to improve the program and expand it to other cities all over the United States. In 2016, 4 additional cities joined the program. We also hosted our first-ever Torah & Turf National Tournament & Shabbaton in St. Louis with […]