Rabbi Noah Cheses’s Message

Friends-

On behalf the Young Israel of Sharon and the entire Sharon community, we are excited to welcome you to the fourth Ezra Schwartz Memorial Baseball tournament! We can’t wait to ‘play ball’ and enjoy some classic spring time fun on the field.

Our dear Ezra z’tkl loved the game of baseball. Baseball is a thing of beauty, especially here in Boston. When the temperatures begin to climb and the sun hangs in the sky a little longer, almost every kid, little or big, takes out their glove, puts it on, punches it in and tosses up a ball into the air to catch it. This is the classic spring time ritual that transports kids to dream forward about playing in the majors and transports adults to dream backwards about playing ball in little league or in high school.

Baseball slows life down and makes it more enjoyable. We put down our devices and enjoy each other’s company, with some healthy competition in the mix. Friendships are formed sitting on the bench or in the stands. Memories are made through dramatic plays and unexpected come backs.

The culture of baseball, as described above, is one that embraces the goodness that our dear Ezra brought to our lives. Ezra generated wholesome fun, appreciated good competition, and was a great friend.

This year the tournament is happening before Pesach (crazy, huh?) toward the beginning of the Hebrew month of Nissan. There is a special Mizvah of blessing a blossoming flower tree which has survived the long winter and will hopefully give us something sweet in the months to follow. This tournament, especially this year after a two year hiatus, symbolizes a turning point between a long stretch of unknowable circumstances and experiencing familiar and predictable rhythms, like playing baseball in the early spring. May we enjoy the fruits of this effort in good health and may we continue to be inspired by all the sweetness that Ezra z”l brought to our world.

With blessings,
Rabbi Noah Cheses
Young Israel of Sharon

2nd grade Shomer Shabbat team Sharon Little League Ari Schwartz and Marc Blitstein Coaches (Ezra is top row, second from the left)

Ezra Cheses – born July 2017 named for Ezra- visiting Ezra’s Lookout on the Boy’s Promenade in Gush Etzion, Israel