Thursday, November 16, 2006

How Far Can Professional Sports Go In Accommodating Religious Practices?

New York's Jewish Week today carries a long story about Benjamin Rubin, a 17 year old Orthodox Jewish hockey player for the Quebec Remparts. He made the team with an understanding that he would not play or practice on the Sabbath or Jewish holidays. This means that the left-winger will miss about half of the team's games this season. The article explores at length whether it is possible for professional sports teams to make the kind of accommodations required by practicing Jews like Rubin.