Americans Play Ball for Team Israel

It’s time for the World Baseball Classic (WBC). This month the international baseball competition takes place and a lot of eyes are on Team Israel. Team Israel is a baseball team that is identified by its’ Jewishness, both by fans and by the players on the team. An article in the Jerusalem Post explains how players qualify to play for team Israel in the WBC. The reporter mentioned that the main parameter for determining who could qualify was the Hok Hashvut, the Law of Return. Another interesting point made in the story was that some of the team members actually took a trip to Israel in January, almost like a birthright trip. The most interesting part though was how players relish playing with other Jewish players, and how Jewish Americans as well as fans across the world accept this team as “Team Jew.” (Steve)


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