The Rabbi In The Corner

His cutman is not a mohel

His cutman is not a mohel

On Saturday evening in Las Vegas, as the slots get played and Havdalah ends the Sabbath, a rabbinical student, weighing in at about 154 pounds, hailing from the Belarus by way of Haifa, will get his chance at a boxing title. As a teenager, Foreman, known as the “Lion of Judah” to his current fans, won the Israeli boxing championship three times for his age and weightclasses, one of which was won just weeks after his mother had passed away. Due to the lack of a boxing gym in Haifa, he trained at one in the primarily Arab town of Kfar Yasif.

Yuri Foreman, 29, a mazel toughie, a boxer and rabbinical student in Brooklyn NY, with 27 wins and no losses will face off against three time world champion and World Boxing Association super welterweight champ, Daniel Santos, who is a southpaw with 32 mins, 3 losses and 1 tie, and an amazing 23 knockouts. Their bout is on the Pacquiao-Cotto and will be broadcast in North America from the MGM Grand Garden Arena on HBO Pay Per View at 9 PM East Coast time. Santos, 34, who hails from Puerto Rico, won the bronze medal at the 1996 Olympics. Santos is repped by Don King, the famed ex-con American boxing promoter. Foreman is repped by some Jewish businessmen: Al Cohen, Al Roth, and Murray W.

Santos defeated Akmed Kotiev for the title and defended it against former world champion Luis “Yori Boy” Campas, Antonio Margarito, and Joachim Alcine. On the other hand, Foreman’s favorite food is Russian ravioli and Gefilte Fish. So it sounds like an even match up to me.


  1. Ben in London

    11/10/2009 at 7:28 pm

    And as if that wasn’t enough, on December 5th, Dmitri Salita (‘the Star of David’), a Ukrainian-born Orthodox Jewish boxer from Brooklyn, will fight British Olympic silver medallist, Amir Khan for the WBA light welterweight title.

    It’s a good time for Jews in the boxing world!

  2. Jacob da Jew

    11/11/2009 at 5:44 am

    He looked familar to me…here’s why. Yuri ad a part in the movie “Fighting” as one of the fighters. Very fast guy.


  3. vicki

    11/11/2009 at 2:37 pm

    Psyched! Also, wtf is Russian ravioli? Because I’ve never heard of it. Maybe it’s what he makes his opponents into.

    • froylein

      11/11/2009 at 4:00 pm


      I’d love some…

  4. Ben-David

    11/11/2009 at 6:44 pm


  5. rozi

    11/11/2009 at 7:09 pm

    mmmmm pelmeni. and mmm yuri foreman 🙂

  6. Larry

    11/14/2009 at 10:41 pm

    OH MY GOD… He won the TITLE! Now all the papers and NPR are covering it, and YOU READ it first on JEWLICIOUS! Eat my hummus, NPR!

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