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Toledo's Naama Shafir balances beliefs, basketball

Updated: April 4, 2011, 3:25 PM ET
By Jeff Arnold

TOLEDO, Ohio -- When Naama Shafir came to the U.S. from Israel to play basketball, she had to get special dispensation from her rabbi to play on Saturdays.

So the question became: Who would punch elevator buttons or flip light switches -- or do any of the other things that Orthodox Jews consider "work" on the Sabbath?

"I didn't know how it was going to work," Shafir told Page 2 on Sunday. "I knew the people around me weren't going to be doing the same things, ...

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