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    Jerry Beit haLevi

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    November 14, 1912 – February 3, 1997

    We dropped into one of those Internet rabbit holes recently, and emerged with the name of Jewish soccer player Jerry "The Dwarf" Beit haLevi. What a fantastical nickname!

    Turns out that Jerry earned it because of his stature: 5'3", or 160 cm. That would make him one of the shortest players in soccer history. (Another Internet rabbit hole found a 5'2" Argentine, a 5'1" Pole, and a 5'0" Brazilian.)

    Jerry's international career came in the 1930s, when Mandatory Palestine attempted to field a team, and even tried to qualify for the World Cup. They weren't even close to being successful.

    After Israel's independence, Jerry became a coach of its newly-formed team. He also coached the national team of, of all places, Nigeria, trying to qualify them for the World Cup. They weren't even close to being successful.

    Finally: even though he went by Jerry, his real name was... Moshe.

    Moshe being called Jerry? Make a tad less sense than "The Dwarf"...

    Verdict: Jew.

    February 8, 2017

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    Avi Cohen

    Seven Dwarfs


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    Mordechai Spiegler
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