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Foul Line

Izzy Gold

Pinchas sat listening as the players for the baseball teams were read out. Please, let me not be on Yossi’s team, he silently wished. He always bullies me! “… and the Purple Pirates get Pinchas Klein,” announced Rabbi Weiss, the camp director. Pinchas looked over at Mendy Gross, his new team captain. He cringed as he heard Mendy speaking with Rabbi Weiss. “Rabbi Weiss, Pinchas usually prefers to sit out sports. Couldn’t he sit this out, too? I’m sure he wouldn’t mind.” “Mr. Gross, in Color W

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

kid with ballPinchas hated summer. Summer meant bees and allergies. But even worse, summer meant Color War. During Color War, Pinchas’s whole camp was divided into two teams. Each game the teams played had a point value. Whichever team had the most points at the end of the summer won. Competition was fierce, and Pinchas wasn’t the most athletically gifted kid in Machaneh Kochavim. When it came time for sports, he usually sat out.

If he tried to play, he’d stand around while everyone else got picked. Then his captain would complain because he got stuck with Pinchas. It was humiliating. That’s why Pinchas usually avoided sports in camp. But during Color War, everyone had to play. Sitting out wasn’t an option.

That night, Pinchas and his best friend Shlomo sat in their bunk talking about the day’s events.

“Well, the Color War teams aren’t that bad, Pinchas.”

“Yeah, they are. The Pirates are stuck with me,” Pinchas sulked.

“So you’re not the best player! It doesn’t matter!”

“Oh, no? Talk to Mendy Gross!”


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