Thursday, January 31, 2008

Boxing with God

Dmitriy Salita is a Russian-born, New York Orthodox Jew. He prays, puts on tefillin, observes Shabbat, and is fiercely proud of Israel.

One more thing, he's also a talented professional boxer making waves in the boxing community for his determination and superior skills.

His story has been made into a feature film that showed at Jewish film festivals throughout the U.S. all last year. I'm still trying to find out from his promoters and the film company when or if the movie – called Orthodox Stance – will be showing in Canada anytime soon.

American Jewish publications were all over this story last year. Let's give him some Canadian exposure too.

The trailer is captivating. Have a look.


Jorge said...

An excellent posting, Blintzy. Dmitri is an inspiration to young Jews everywhere.

He proves that partaking in sports (even violent ones like boxing) doesn't necessarily mean abandoning one's faith.

Blintzkrieg said...

Thanks. You know, there are some who can't abide by the more violent sports out there.

I'm not the biggest fan of boxing. Though at one point, I was very into it as a spectator. Still, it's interesting to note that Jews used to make up a significant percentage of boxers when they first immigrated to North America. Much as the Irish, African Americans and Italians did.

It seems things come around full circle.