Jewish-American basketball player Tamir Goodman has released a new book discussing his spiritual and religious journey as a professional athlete. Dubbed the "Jewish Jordan" by Sports Illustrated magazine, Goodman describes his story of maintaining religious observance while pursuing his sports career.
The Jewish Jordan's Triple Threat: Physical, Mental and Spiritual Lessons from the Court was written by Tamir Goodman and Judy Horwitz Goodman and was released this week. "It was not my skills on the court alone that catapulted my story to the headlines of the New York Times, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, and CNN," Goodman writes, "it was the apparent dichotomy between my basketball aspirations and my open display of spirituality." The player discusses fasting on certain religious holidays and the conflict of not playing games on Shabbat. Today Goodman is a sports coach and runs a sports camp with Israeli NBA player Omri Casspi. He is also the creator of Sport Strings Tzitzit.