I came across a documentary the other day called Holy Land Hardball. It's about the formation of an Israeli baseball league. I got a real kick out of it because it encompassed three of my favorite things: Israel, sports and humor. It focuses on Jews from all walks of life trying to become professional athletes, as well as the experiences of non-Jews who participated. Players came from all around the world, including Australia, Japan, the United States and Dominican Republic. There was even a brief appearance by Rabbi Paysach Krohn, who was the mohel after a player's wife gave birth to a baby boy.
Although the league ultimately didn't survive, this film provided a pleasant portrayal of Jews working together toward a common goal. It also reminded me of the meaningful analogies we can draw from sports. For example, for better or for worse, we're all on the same team. And just as good chemistry is needed between players in order to win, so too we need good interpersonal relationships between Jews to function well as a people.
I'll leave you with a great quote from a famous coach:
"A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive, and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done."
- Vince Lombardi