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The Shabbos Tie

Shayna Friedman

Summer was calling. It was shortly after Pesach and the weather was perfect for playing ball. Yehudah scratched at his collar. Shabbos shirts. He hated these stiff collars. He wished he could wear a T-shirt and play ball. He didn’t even want to think these words but Shabbos was… it was… Well, Shabbos was BORING!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

There it was. The word bounced around in his mind as they walked home from shul Shabbos night. There was nothing to do on Shabbos — no ball, no nothing. Yehuda snorted. “Yehuda, ziskeit, are your allergies acting up?” his father asked. “Allergies, whoa,” saidJonathan, their Friday night guest. “I used to get allergies so bad it kept me off the baseball field all spring.” At these words, Yehuda turned. “Baseball field? You play?” “Sure,”Jonathan said. “What, you never heard of me?” He winked. Yehuda blushed. “Where do you play?” “Well,”Jonathan put his hand up for a high-five, “I just got the offer to go pro.” “Professional baseball, like the big leagues? LikeSandyKoufax!?” Yehuda’s mouth hung open andJonathan laughed as the Zabar’s arrived at their doorstep. Nine-year-old Rina and five-year-old Simcha came running out to greet them.

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