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March 13, 2015 4:54 pm

Sports Illustrated Profiles Orthodox NCAA Basketball Player Aaron Liberman

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Tulane University Basketball player Aaron Liberman. Photo: Tulane University.

Sports Illustrated magazine featured an extensive profile on Orthodox-Jewish college basketball player Aaron Liberman on Wednesday.  The article details Liberman’s efforts to balance faith, academics and basketball at Tulane University, a challenge the young athlete calls “a triple major.”

Sports Illustrated pointed out that Liberman is the second Orthodox student to play Division I college basketball. The other was Tamir Goodman, the so-called “Jewish Jordan.”

As reported in The Algemeiner, Liberman started his NCAA career at Northwestern University. According to Sports Illustrated, he transferred to Tulane in order to get more playing time.

The switch is not without its difficulties. While Tulane has a sizable Jewish student population– the 9th largest of any private university– Liberman told Sports Illustrated that he thinks he is the only Orthodox Jew at Tulane. Still, Liberman feels as though he has the full support of his coach.

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  • Zinzinner Menschen

    …and in the NFL…the Rookie out of Yeshiva University…Moshe Shlepper, Runs for Daylight! The 5’1″ Right Guard out of Baruch Business College…Chayim Chockallah, Directing Traffic.

    BUT…the 90 lb Linebacker from Brooklyn Theologic Semenery…Solomon Shlemiel…FLATTENS him at the 50!

    Sports ability IS Genetic, People…we have a few Major League Baseball Stars…we’ve even had a few GREAT ones in the past 110 years…but that’s IT!!

  • Henry

    Not everyone has the talent or inclination to learn. Not everyone has those attributes at any given point in life. Had this kid not been playing basketball he probably would be another kid at a university studying and not going to the bais medrash. He is following his understanding at this point in his life.

    Not everyone is cut out for serious learning. For all we know he is making his way to do something in later life which will be a significant contribution to his people and heritage and the basketball contribution will position him to do just that.

    That being said is there not a young woman playing for Toledo or some other midwestern school who is a star and also orthodox?

  • Your Jewish Conscience

    Could you imagine the real Kiddush Hashem a kid like this could do if he took all that time he focuses on basketball and spent it in the beis midrash? It’s nice to see a Jew shown positively for a change, but couldn’t it be for his learning instead of bouncing a ball?

    • David R. Pressler

      We Jews have G-d’s permission to exercise our free will. The man is following his dream while following his upbringing by remaining an Orthodox Jew. I would venture to propose that MOST of the Beit Midrash avrachs in Jerusalem are the ones wasting their lives being of no value added to their community; let alone their country. To each his own, sir, and your negative comment is out of order. It is obnoxious, noxious with jealousy and reflects the very divisive forces that are already a borderline civil war issue in Israel. I am PROUD of the boy and so should you be. Wake up, man.

      • Nancy Mufson

        How incredibly well said,David!!! May Aaron Lieberman continue to make us proud. G-d gave him this awesome talent for a reason. For this reason he should carry on living this life in such an exemplary manner.

  • It is not easy to balance a top level team sport with academic demands and religious requirements. I wish you every success. You should be an icon for the next generation.

  • Avi

    A true Kiddush Hashem befitting the name of Aaron, Cohen Gadol.

  • dante

    G-d bless Aaron and help to realize the good wishes of his heart in a way of revealed good>>>>

  • THANKS FOR THE WONDERFUL REWARD…..MAY YOU ALWAYS WALK WITH WISDOM HEALTH JOY AND MORE…….

  • Eric R.

    Maybe Yeshiva University needs a Divsion 1 basketball program….

    🙂

  • noellsq

    All I can say is wow,taking a full load (not sure),playing a sport,and being orthodox. To me he must be super human.

  • Mazel Tov Aaron! Enjoy yourself!

  • Suzette

    MAY GOD BLESS AARON LIBERMAN AND HIS HONORABLE STAND FOR HIS JEWISH HERITAGE! MAY ALL OF TULANE UNIVERSITY WELCOME AARON LIBERMAN WITH OPEN ARMS!

    CONTINUING TO PRAY WITH FAITH FOR THE VICTORIES OF ISRAEL! MAY THE LORD GOD OF ISRAEL RISE UP AND SCATTER THE ENEMIES OF GOD’S CHOSEN PEOPLE!

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