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‘Rabbi G’ uses martial arts to help children cope with cancer

Elimelech Goldberg, age 57, is a bright and gregarious man, an orthodox rabbi who years ago earned a first-degree black belt in the martial arts. But that really isn’t where his story begins.

Goldberg, best known by friends and followers as “Rabbi G,’’ is a creator and innovator in that tiny corner of the sports world occupied by sick children. That corner is only tiny, of course, until it’s your sick child, your dreams and wishes and flesh and blood, and then that seemingly trifle of a space occupies every inch of your being.

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