The Had Hakrayot newspaper that serves the suburban communities surrounding Haifa, Israel, profiled basketball player Shimon Steel, a young Chabad-Lubavitch Chasid who immigrated with his parents from Florida just months ago.

The report details how the religiously-minded 14-year-old convinced his team, Poel Kiryat Chaim, to not play on Shabbat.

The decision by the club then spread to other teams, creating a league schedule that is largely Shabbat-free. Steel's a good player too.

He scored 18 points and six assists in Kiryat Chaim's last game against Maccabi Kiryat Bialik. Kiryat Chaim won, 61-48. ...