No matter how it’s observed, Shabbat, the Jewish day of rest, has been a unifier for Jews throughout history. While various denominations of Jews observe Shabbat rituals differently, Saturday is kept by Jews as a day of contemplation, spending time with family and friends, and rejuvenation.
For many, observing the laws and rituals of Shabbat means abstaining from activities such as driving or using electricity. This could pose a challenge for Elie Kligman and Jacob Steinmetz, who have made history as the first two Shabbat-observant Orthodox Jews to to be drafted to the MLB.
It may seem impossible for Orthodox Jews to play baseball on Shabbat but through the different sacrifices each of them have decided on, Kilgman and Steinmetz are determined to show the world that it’s possible to stay committed to both Shabbat and the Major Leagues.