It is with great pride I welcome you to the third annual Ezra Schwartz Baseball Tournament. What better way to honor and celebrate Ezra’s memory than to bring people together and play his favorite sport. And how appropriate that this tournament is the week after the sequence of parshiyot Acharei Mot and Kedoshim. We truly find ourselves in a time after the passing of a kadosh and it is our job to continue his legacy. Our own Yechiel Ezra taught us how to love life, how to play hard, how to focus on that which really matters, and how to live for others. This weekend we bring Ezra’s lessons to life by living and playing by his play book.
I keep a picture of Ezra on my desk and it reminds me of him every day. But that is not the only time I think of him. I think of him when I see the baseball team run by my window, when I see an older student playing with a younger one. I think of him when my son Binny wears Ezra’s Thomas the Train kippa and I think of him when my friends name their children after him. I see him in his siblings and I see him in our student athletes who earn the Ezra Schwartz Mentorship award. I remember him when I play football on the Ezra Schwartz field at Maimo. And with this tournament we honor his memory and continue his legacy. May his memory continue to be a blessing and always push us to make the most out of life.
Rabbi Dov Huff
Limudei Kodesh Principal