I hate to sound like a shill—that’s the job of my wife the PR pro—but there are at least four new stories at the top of jewishjournal.com right now that caught my eye. Each worthy of their own blog post.
The former middleweight and light heavyweight boxing champ, famous for his “Executioner” nickname and persona, attended a Passover dinner just outside Las Vegas less then 24 hours after defeating Roy Jones Jr. on April 3, a rematch 17 years in the making. He addressed a crowd of about 150 people commemorating the story of the Jews’ crossing the Red Sea.
Most Passover programs advertise rabbis or other spiritual leaders, but the program at the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Las Vegas in Henderson, Nev., featured one of the best pound-for-pound boxers.
“In life, whether it’s in boxing or religion,” Hopkins told the crowd, “you have to put in the hard work if you want to get somewhere or else you’ll just be waiting for something that’s not going to come.”
Rabbi Sholom Jensen, from Great Neck, N.Y., asked Hopkins to say a few words to the crowd.
“Seize the moment, that’s what it’s about,” Jensen said afterward. “I think [Hopkins] brought some kedushah [holiness] to the crowd, and in a small way, I think we brought some kedushah to him. This is a Passover everyone will remember.”