The Shape of the Hoophead

Originally posted on Omertime:
Each day, we will select one basketball player who best embodies the combination of sefirot for that week and day and whose jersey matches the day. You might think that would be too limiting, but according to Basketball Reference, 332 players in NBA history have worn the #3 at some point…

Day 18: The Zen Master

Originally posted on Omertime:
Today is Day 18. Netzach sheb’tif’eret. Balance that leads to winning. On Day 18, two days before Yom Haatzmaut, Israeli Independence Day, I’d like to give a special shout to the best NBA player ever from Israel, Omri Casspi. But todays’ final choice came down to two 6’8”/6’9” left-handed, power forwards,…

Day 17: Hondo

Originally posted on Omertime:
Today is Day 17 of the Omer. Tife’ret sheb’tif’eret. Balance & beauty. Today’s player is an 8x NBA Champion, 8x member of the All-Defensive team, and 13x All-Star. John “Hondo” Havlicek was a well-rounded Hall of Famer, who grew from a rookie hanging his hat on defense to retiring as the…

Day 16: Kung Pow

Originally posted on Omertime:
Today is Day 16 of the Omer. Gevurah sheb’tif’eret. Power that flows from balance.? For the second day in a row, during this week of tif’eret, we are honoring a European big man with an all-around game. There are a few players with more balanced games or more balanced interests than…

Day 14: Cynthia Cooper

Originally posted on Omertime:
When the WNBA launched in 1997, I knew all the best American players. They were the members of the 1996 Olympic Team that had just won the gold medal. At least that is who the WNBA marketed, players like Lisa Leslie, Sheryl Swoopes, and Rebecca Lobo.? And then here comes #14,…

Day 15: Big Honey

Originally posted on Omertime:
Today is Day 15 of the Omer. Hesed sheb’tif’eret. Generousity that flows from balance. Today begins weeks 3 of the Omer, the week of tif’eret, which connotes beauty, harmony, balance, and compassion and the different ways they manifest in the world. There are few players in the NBA with a more…

Day 13: The Godfather of the Euro step

Originally posted on Omertime:
Today is Day 13. Yesod sheb’gevurah. Laying a foundation through power. Heading into the 1988 Seoul Olympics, US Men’s Basketball Team had lost only once in its history, to the Soviet Union at the 1972 Olympics in an extremely controversial ending. But there was no debate over their second loss, again to…

Day 10: Name the Player

Originally posted on Omertime:
Today is Day 10. Tif’eret sheb’gevurah. Beauty that emerges from strength. All-American in high school.  Two-time national champion in college.  Voted the top collegiate point guard in the country three times.  College player of the year as a senior.  Number one draft pick.  Three championships in the pros.  Eleven All-Star appearances. …

Day 4: Dolph Schayes

Originally posted on Omertime:
4/12 – Netzach sheb’hesed Today is Day 4 of the omer. Netzach sheb’hesed. From love, there emerges eternity.? One of the things that’s becoming clearer to me is that while the sefirah of the week is primary, the way that it manifests on each day will be different. During this week…