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 the ring? As a boxer, or any other athlete for that manner, perfects his or her trade, they recognize even the the slightest of their opponents movements as indications as to what will be coming their way. This is due to the repetitious nature of the training and playing for so many years. Since McGregor was not a real boxer, his unorthodox approach and style and the fact that he was an outsider to boxing, was actually an advantage for him until Mayweather figured him out. As we approach the High Holidays, it is a great time to to rethink interactions with our friends, families and God. There is a tendency that we all have to remain in our comfort zone, continuing what we have always been doing for many years. Sometimes we create healthy habits but our relationships need serious tinkering and we are unaware. This is a result of a long lifetime of building and developing our character. If we can take a step back, and see ourselves almost as an outsider to our own lives, we can challenge the patterns we have formed for ourselves, and strive to be better spouses, friends, children, parents, community members and members of the Jewish nation.
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