Even though there is such a mad rush before Sukkot and so much going on in the world, when I learned about these two young men who are trying to follow their sports dream, I couldn’t help but stop for a minute to write about it. On Sukkot we gather, celebrate, pray and meditate in our tents, just like our ancestors did in the desert, amidst dust and dreams. I hope these boys’ dream comes true.
Baseball, hot dogs, and apple pie are the American dream. So why do two young men who have built their lives in Israel have a GoFundMe crowd-funding webpage with the urgent message that they need $3,000 to travel to the U.S. to watch the Kansas City Royals and Baltimore Orioles square off for Major League Baseball’s (MLB) American League championship?
Brothers Naftali and Yoni Schwartz, 27 and 25, respectively, are Kansas City natives. Even though they made aliyah with their family at the young ages of 13 and 11 and now live in the community of Hashmonaim, they say never stopped rooting for the Royals.
“I remember, when I was growing up [in Overland Park, Kan.] that I would fall asleep to the sound of the Royals’ broadcaster. I always had this deep passion and love for the Royals,” says Naftali. “If I get there, if I get to see them in the Playoffs, I am going to be head-to-toe in royal blue and I am going to treasure every moment and remember it for the rest of my life.”