Dec 1, 2011
Basketball Player's Sport Tzitzis

In front of a crowd of rabbis and mashgichim, former basketball star Tamir Goodman presented his innovative "Sport Strings Tzitzis," which evidently has a kosher certification.

By COLlive reporter
Photos by Chaim Perl

Tamir Goodman was easily identified on the basketball court, thanks to his red hair, yarmulka and tzitzis, leading a sports magazine to title him "the Jewish Jordan."

Nowadays, spending his time in business and activism circles, Tamir introduced a new innovation that will help Jewish and Torah-observant sports players remain faithful to their heritage and the game.

At OK Kosher Certification's 13th annual international Mashgiach Conference held Monday, Tamir introduced the "Sport Strings Tzitzit."

He described it as revolutionary tzitzis garment that features hi-performance properties and a compression fit - offering the wearer ultimate comfort and style for sports and everyday wear.

Tamir was joined at the conference in Chovevei Torah in Crown Heights by a friend who also embodies the notion that being religious does not interfere with his career: boxing champion Dimitriy Salita.

While Salita did not say if he wears the "Sport String Tzitzit" himself, Tamir made it clear that anyone would enjoy wearing them for their UV protection, moisture wicking and anti-odor features.

Oh, and the tzitzis is certified absolutely kosher by the OK.


Over 150 mashgichim and OK personnel were in attendance for the 1 day conference, including rabbis from Japan, India, Greece, Israel, Poland, Germany, Belgium and others from around the world.

Kashrus coordinator Rabbi Chaim Fogelman MC'd the event with his much-loved combination of Chassidic insights and humor.

OK's head Rabbi Don Yoel Levy opened the conference with words of Torah, chizuk, and the latest happenings at the OK. Participants were also greeted by Rabbi Yosef Braun, member of the Badatz of Crown Heights

As in past years, the OK honored two mashgichim; Rabbi Shlome Bistritzky, the newly elected Chief Rabbi of Hamburg, Germany, and Rabbi Binyomin Neufeld from Israel.

The companies that have been honored this year for making strides in increasing their kosher offerings: Post Foods, LLC for providing customers with high quality kosher breakfast cereals for over 50 years and Exter B.V., a flavor company based in Europe.

Rabbi Hillel Baron, from Columbia, Maryland, spoke about shlichus opportunities within certified companies; Rabbi Yitzchok Ort, from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, shared insights into the changing kosher dairy industry; and Rabbi Eli Lando gave a brief talk on customer service.

Other speakers were Menachem Lubinsky, CEO of Lubicom Marketing and Rabbi Yitzchak Gornish, a rabbinical coordinator at the OK, who shared his scientific knowledge with a presentation on the Chemistry of Kashrus.

The conference ended with a lavish buffet lunch catered by Bunch-O-Bagels and time for the rabbis to interact and share their experiences.

Attendees received a brand new sefer by Heichal Menachem's series Chassidus Mevueres specially printed for this event. The OK was thanked by Rabbi Yisroel Stern of Chassidus Mevueres for their support.

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Opinions and Comments
can synthetic material be kosher for a brocho for tztitzis?
(12/1/2011 3:50:25 PM)
Sport Strings Tzitzit
Where can I buy them?!?
(12/1/2011 3:59:09 PM)
tamir goodman\
tamir goodman!
(12/1/2011 4:12:17 PM)
to # 1
they are 51% cotten
(12/1/2011 5:46:28 PM)
Sport Strings
You can buy them at bottom layer is made from hi performance materials. Top layer has 51%cotton. advance orders at I tired them on and they are amazing!
(12/1/2011 6:07:26 PM)
Sport Strings " Typo correction
You can buy them at Bottom layer is made from hi performance materials. Top layer has 51%cotton. Advance orders at I tried them on and they are amazing!
(12/1/2011 7:10:41 PM)
Finally - Sport Strings
Can't wait to buy them for my son. These sound amazing. I love that they are UV protection. The compression fit will get rid of the "shlumpy look".
(12/1/2011 7:56:02 PM)
Let Me tell u about Tamir:
I met him in camp i was a staff member and he came to speak to the campers and gave them a hands on basketball program he also told us about the tzitzis hes making. The stories that he told over where so incredible and inspiring! This guy really went on Mesiras Nefesh to become a basketball star. From wearing his Yarmulka and Tzitzis to walking 2 hours on shabbos to practice after having fasted on fri. (that year Asarah Beteves was on fri.) after playing on thur. one of the most intense collage games hes ever played always being proud to be a jew. The stories go on...
This guy is a true Chassid and a real genuine guy. I definitely learned a lot from him.
(12/1/2011 8:12:57 PM)
to #1, Halacha
According to Shulchan Aruch Harav, one should not say a brocho on them. theres another problem that he strings arn't the same color as the corner.It's better than not wearing tzitzis but cant replace the mitzvah according to all opinions of wearing wool tzitzis.
(12/1/2011 11:23:27 PM)
i spy..raizy liberow
raizy liberow i had no idea you were doin ok as in ok kashrus super cool!
(12/1/2011 11:40:12 PM)
To #9
To #9
Please consider:
1 - These Tzitzis were created for the thousands of neshamas that don’t where tzitzis when they play sports.
2 - There are sparks of holiness in hi performance materials that needed to be uplifted by using them for a mitzva. IE tzitzis
3 - Fact: kids that struggle with wearing tzitzis love Sports Strings and don’t want to take them off. It makes the mitzva fun for them
4 – We say every day “vasoo lhahem” make for them: make them tzitzis that speak to them! Kids today love compression fit sports shirts! These tzitzis “speak to them” and "are made for them" they are cool and it makes the athletes enjoy the mitzva and not see tzitzis as a hinder to their performance C"V.
(12/2/2011 7:26:46 AM)
to #11
all #9 said was a direct quote from the alter rebbe's shulchan Aruch. I am guessing they are the same Din as Cotton? If one would wear cotton is this sunthetic the same thing?
(12/2/2011 9:48:44 AM)
synthetic vs cotton
Yes, there is a difference between synthetic and cotton. See rav Moshe's sefer for more information about this topic. Major halachic authoroties have seen Sport Strings and approved them because they meet all of the halachic rules and have 51% cotton on the outer layer.
(12/2/2011 10:35:55 AM)
To #11
You are asking #9 to consider 4 points.since you posted it on a public forum and there may be readers that will, after considering your points, agree with your conclusion, and will therefore, as you seem to imply, disregard #9, I must point out a that that there are a lot of flaws in your points when applying them to h #9'comment (namely a quote from the Shulchan Aruch Horav)
your point 1) is a valid point,IF you can not make them do what the right thing to do is
Point 2) THE CONCEPT IS A TRUE CONCEPT, BUT Not by any stretch of the imagination to be applied in deciding to do a mitzva NOT in the proper way. (and YES, that is NOT in the proper way, for Lubavitcher that follow the directives of the Rebbeiym)
Point 3) Kids unfortunately struggle with many mitzvos that require some discomfort the same as they feel when it comes to behave in any and all areas that are not exactly to their liking, Yet the Mitzvah and obligation of Chinuch is to give the kids an appreciation for Mitzvos and Minhogay Vedarkay Hachasidu so that they feel proud and privileged by the extra effort.
Point 4) your interpretation of the Posuk in the way that you are doing it, is nothing short of Megaleh Ponim Batoro shelo kehaloch! Rachmono Litzlan!. yes indeed, make all the Mitzvos speak to them! make Yidishkeit speak to them! make chasidus speak to them! Make them LOVE it! make them PROUD of i! t How many times did we hear the warning of Umekarvon Latoroh and not the Toroh to them?!
(12/2/2011 11:05:41 AM)
they have a hechser
if you a still not happy so don't buy them. they aren't meant for chassiidishe yidden.
(12/2/2011 3:23:35 PM)
Tamir Goodman's sport strings sound amazing! I can't wait to get a pair in Israel. I know tons and tons of young Jews who are not wearing Tzitzit now-a-days, and will without a doubt love these! Such an amazing idea! It should have much Haztlacha!
(12/3/2011 1:18:25 PM)
go tamir, you are awesome!
(12/3/2011 3:49:58 PM)
So cool
What an amazing idea! Sports tzitzis!
(12/4/2011 11:33:58 AM)
The eleffs
Go tamir!!
(12/5/2011 8:08:47 AM)
(12/7/2011 3:26:20 PM)
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