Ynetnews reports: At 25, Akiva Neuman’s résumé reads like every Jewish mother’s dream, as a graduate student specializing in taxation who is finishing his rabbinical studies at the prestigious Yeshiva University.
This week, however, Neuman became the teenage dream for quite a few American girls (and boys), Jewish and otherwise, after he passed the difficult obstacle course on the popular reality show “American Ninja Warrior.” An instant media sensation, Neuman was quickly nicknamed “Ninja Rabbi.”
As Neuman went through each stage of the obstacle course, audience members cheered him on with calls of “Rabbi, Rabbi.” Throughout the course and the preceding interviews, he kept his kippa and traditional tzitzit on, as everyday symbols of his faith.
Participating in “American Ninja Warrior” is not just a personal accomplishment for Neuman, but also a chance to show that Orthodox Judaism can build on physical strength, as well.
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