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October 28, 2011

Haredi Basketball Team

Maccabi Mea Shearim basketball team They play in black uniforms, hide their 'peyes' behind their ears. They don't have a budget or a seal of approval from rabbis – but they are well-equipped when it comes to faith. Meet Jerusalem's new smash hit: the Maccabi Mea Shearim basketball team.

Maccabi Mea Shearim basketball team

Jerusalem's new smash hit: Maccabi Mea Shearim b-ball team
They don't have a budget or a seal of approval from rabbis – but they are well-equipped when it comes to faith and one of their players is the grandson of Shas' Rabbi Ovadia Yosef
Akiva Novick • Ynet

They play in black uniforms, hide their 'peyes' behind their ears. They don't have a budget or a seal of approval from rabbis – but they are well-equipped when it comes to faith. Meet Jerusalem's new smash hit: the Maccabi Mea Shearim basketball team.

This week, the team, whose members all live in or around the famous Jerusalem ultra-Orthodox neighborhood - faced a team of Zionist religious bachelors from the neighborhood of Rehavia, Yedioth Aharonoth reported.

One by one they come on court: Yitzhak Pinksi, 19, guard, a student in the well-known haredi yeshiva Mir, who came to Israel from Milwaukee. "I wake up very early to run, and one night a week I allow myself to leave the yeshiva early so I can play basketball," he says.

He is followed by Natan Frenkel, 22, married with two children who is known for playing in a wedding band.

The grandson of Shas' spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, Yonatan Yosef, aged 31, is next, followed by Ari Gelhar, 24, a haredi working in the filed of communication.

The other two players did not wish to expose themselves: "It is not really accustomed in the haredi world. Some would look at us differently if we would come out with this hobby." It appears a basketball player does not rank high for a shidduch.

"We have decided to prove once and for all that haredi also know how to play basketball," says Gelhar.

And it appears he is right as the Mea Shearim team defeats the Rehavia team 24-17. "How are they in such good shape?" wonders Roi from the opposing team. "Aren't they supposed to be studying torah all day?"
 
The haredi team points to Yonatan's relation to Rabbi Ovadia Yosef. "Maybe the good luck came from there."

Maccabi Mea Shearim is now seeking to join the city-sponsored synagogues league and take their hobby to the next level.

If you look closely at the picture of this basketball team, you'll see that, at most, two of the members pictured are actually Mea Shearim residents.

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Can we assume that when of of them "throws up a brick" from behind the arc, that they literally throw up a brick?

What's next?

The Boston Bochurs vs. L.A. Lamdenim
The New York Navi'im vs. San Francisco Frummies
The Chicago Chachamim vs Denver Dati
The Miami Masmidim vs the Seattle Sages
The Toronto Talmidim vs Portland Prophets

It's about time. Good luck to all the players and teams.

YL: great!


how pathetic are their lives when some have to hide their identity lest others find out theyre playing basketball.

WAKE UP YOU FOOLS!!

Shamarya, you are a dick!!!

sweet.

Very very sad that they have to be ashamed of getting some exercise by playing with a ball.

And yet their elders brazenly stick up for others who play with little kid's balls.

@different dave

Thank you for showing us all how to be religious.

If I was somehow in the mood to feel disoriented and physically inferior (hand-eye coordination, speed, strength, balance, etc) to everyone around me, I would seek out a basketball game to play in.

If I wanted to feel intellectually superior to everyone around me, I would go to watch one.

We all play the cards we're dealt.

Good luck to them !

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