The Chosen

Why did Jews feel the need to prove athleticism to Gentiles? Why is baseball important to the Jewish Boys?

In the Chosen by Cham Potok, Chapter One. Please if so add text evidence.

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After the advent of WWII, English teacher working in Jewish schools felt the need to prove their yeshiva students were as physically fit as any other students. (Page 5)

Baseball was important to the Jewish boys because it was "an unquestioned mark of one's Americanism." (Page 6)


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