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Baseball Blues

Bracha Rosman

Rabbi Frankel opened his roll book and uncapped his pen. “Heshy Braun.” “Hmmm, I mean here.” “Motty Gluck.” “Yes, Rebbe.” Rabbi Frankel smiled. “I’m taking attendance now.” “Oh,” Motty said. “Here.” “Yitzchak Gross.” “Here,” Yitzi said unenthusiastically. “Tzvi Haufman … Tzvi Haufman,” Rabbi Frankel repeated. Tzvi tore his gaze from the window. “Here.”

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Rabbi Frankel looked at his watch an hour later and closed his sefer. “Well done,” he said. “A deal is a deal. If you have a bat, mitt, or ball you can go get them.”

“This is great,” Motty said pulling a baseball bat from his locker.

“Yeah, Rebbe’s the best,” Pinny said. He slipped his left hand into his mitt and punched his right fist into it. “Come on guys, let’s hurry. We’re wasting time.”

The boys rushed outdoors onto the playing field.

Yitzi and Heshy followed slowly behind.

“Let’s go, boys,” the rebbe said. “You have exactly twenty minutes to play.”

“Do we have to?” Heshy and Yitzi asked at the same time.

“No,” the rebbe said. “You don’t have to, but I’m curious to know why you don’t want to.”

 

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