March 8, 2017 3:15 am at 3:15 am #619422
I know most of you dont follow sports, but you might be interested in the Team Israel in the World Baseball classic. They are not really Israelis, but American Jews (The rules allow you to play for a country if you qualify for citizenship)
Among other things the players are wearing Kippot under their hats, They are really playing up the Jewish Pride and showing a Kiddush Hashem even though before the tournament most had little connection to Judaism and many were the products of mixed marriges like Former Mets Ike Davis and Ty Kelly (Both have Jewish Mothers)March 8, 2017 7:20 am at 7:20 am #1225620simcha613Participant
I found this quote by catcher Ryan Lavarnaway particularly insightful and meaningful:March 8, 2017 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm #1225621
Here in CT we are very proud of winning Pitcher Joshua Zeid (born and raised in my hometown…New Haven). Josh formerly played for the Houston Astros and Detroit Tigers.
I have the pleasure to have known his parents and grandparents. He is not the product of a mixed marriage as the OP claims many of the players are. JMarch 9, 2017 2:41 pm at 2:41 pm #1225622
Team israel beat the Netherlands 4-2 with their Mascot, Mench on a BenchMarch 9, 2017 3:20 pm at 3:20 pm #1225623nishtdayngesheftParticipant
“Team israel beat the Netherlands 4-2 with their Mascot, Mench on a Bench”
Wow, that must have been some sight.
I wonder if Mench on a Bench was hurt during the beating.March 9, 2017 3:23 pm at 3:23 pm #1225624
The mench on a bench is doing quite well, Team israel is feeding it Gefilte Fish and manischewitz Wine.
The Mench on a Bench has become one of the Stars of the World baseball ClassicMarch 9, 2017 3:30 pm at 3:30 pm #1225625
Joking aside (The team has decided to take a fun approach to the games) and even added a trending hashtag #jewcrew
At least 2 of the players were brought up as catholics (They are Halachic jews) and because of the WBC have decided to look into their jewish roots. If the team can reclaim a lost jew, It will be worth it.March 10, 2017 4:02 am at 4:02 am #1225626ahronParticipant
they are moving on to the next round of the wbcMarch 12, 2017 11:39 am at 11:39 am #1225627
They just beat Cuba 4-1
The team even had a special Megillah reading which Im not sure many of them had ever had beforeMarch 12, 2017 2:21 pm at 2:21 pm #1225628
they certainly never had the Megillah reading in the baseball dugout before. Saw a video online of the eventMarch 12, 2017 5:13 pm at 5:13 pm #1225629lesschumrasParticipant
CT, he didn’t say all were from mixed marriages, he said mostMarch 12, 2017 7:31 pm at 7:31 pm #1225630
and my post says the OP said ‘many’ were from mixed marriages. I did not say all.
So, please save your corrections for errors, I believe that 51% which is most could also properly be termed as many.March 12, 2017 8:12 pm at 8:12 pm #1225631lesschumrasParticipant
Well, you seemed to be disproving his statement by citing one player from a non_mixed marriageMarch 12, 2017 8:50 pm at 8:50 pm #1225632akupermaParticipant
It is for all purposes a team of Americans of Jewish descent – not a bad idea, and interesting that they are doing well. It might be nice if there was a serious Israeli interest in baseball, but there isn’t. And while many frum Jews like baseball, and always have (baseball players don’t try to injure each other, they wear clothes, the sport is open to people of all shapes and sizes, and brains are a big part of the game), it is unlikely a frum Jew would ever reach the level necessary to play on a national team since high-level baseball is routinely played on Shabbos.March 12, 2017 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm #1225633
you read too much into things that are not written there.
I spoke about one player from my hometown, whose parents and grandparents I know. I pointed out that he is not one of the ‘most’ players of mixed parentage as described by the OP.
I did not attempt to disprove anything. I have no personal knowledge of any of the other players
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