(an Ascent original)
How do we know that the Torah recognizes baseball?
Its very first words are:
"In the big-inning"!
Where is a tennis pro
mentioned in the Torah?
"...Joseph served in
the court of Pharoh...."
Who played hockey in
"Moshe raised his hand
and smacked the rock with his stick." (Num. 20:11)
Where does the Torah instruct
us on hoops?
"You shall take it...
and you shall put it in the basket..." (Deut. 26:2)
What famous Jew was a professional
(Sorry, this one works only
"B'yamim hahaim, u'Mordechai
yoshev b'sha'ar haMelech." (Esther 2:21)
Finally: how do we know that
Sandy Koufax, the Dodgers' Hall-of-Fame pitching ace who refused
to pitch the World Series opener in 1965 because it fell on Yom Kippur,
is a reincarnation of a member of the tribe of Benyamin who lived
nearly 3000 years ago?
The men of Benyamin
numbered at that time twenty-six thousand men of the cities that drew
sword, besides the inhabitants of Giv'ah who numbered seven hundred chosen
men. Among all these people were seven hundred chosen men: lefthanded,
each could sling stones at a hair and not miss. (Judges 20:15-16.)