Rav Yitzchok Dovid Grossman Intervenes After Bizarre Ejection at MSG Basketball Game


gershon-macabbiAn exhibition basketball game between the New York Knicks and Maccabi Tel Aviv at Madison Square Garden in New York City was delayed for about 10 minutes in the third quarter today when the visiting coach refused to leave the floor after being ejected. The Knicks beat Maccabi 106:91.

 In a bizarre scene, Rav Yitzchok Dovid Grossman even came onto the court to ask the referees to let Pini Gershon remain. Gershon eventually left after a discussion with the officials, his assistant coaches and NBA security personnel.

rav-grossmanGershon was hit with two quick technical fouls in the third quarter, the second coming on a play that went against the Knicks. A New York player  was called for an offensive foul right in front of the Maccabi bench, and Gershon quickly started screaming at replacement referee Ben Taylor, who ejected him.

When Gershon didn’t seem to be listening to any of the basketball officials, Rav Yitzchok Dovid Grossman (seen in photo at left), the legendary founder and dean of Migdal Ohr, tried to get involved by talking to the referees. But rules say anyone who is ejected must leave the court, and eventually Gershon did.

Migdal Ohr, the world’s largest orphanage, received the proceeds from the exhibition game between the Knicks and the Euroleague team from Israel.

{Noam Amdurski-Matzav.com/AP Basketball}


  1. The rabbi is the head of the organization Migdal Ohr which received the proceeds from the game and that is why the rabbi was there

  2. Rabbi Grossman is an amazing person who, single handely turns around the lives of hundreds of people to become shomrei torah umitzvos.

  3. HaRav Grossman Shlita is the epitome of Ahavas Habrios and Ahavas Yisroel. Hopefully, he will soon be installed as the Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem, and will help to bring sanity to an insane machlokes ridden city!