Judaism and Sports: Sports as a Mechanism for Acculturation Research Paper by Jessie

Judaism and Sports: Sports as a Mechanism for Acculturation
An exploration of athletic participation as a strategy for acculturation used by Jewish individuals in the United States.
# 149600 | 1,701 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Dec 25, 2011 in Sport (General) , Jewish Studies (General)

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This paper discusses how involvement in sports has became an instrument for the Jewish people to enter mainstream American society and how, in particular, participation in baseball, a decidedly American pastime, signaled the clear attempts by the Jewish people to integrate with American culture. The paper also examines how professional sports, with its built in fan base, was an excellent outlet for members of the Jewish society to interact with other ethnic and cultural groups within the purview of the American public and how despite their integration, Jewish athletes have largely maintained their ethnic identity.

Sports as a Strategy to Fit In
The Jewish Experience

From the Paper:

"Furthermore, Jewish tradition tends to emphasize intellectual and spiritual progress over athletic and physical achievement. The goals established by serious sports exercises appears somewhat contrary to a philosophy that is focused upon intellectual and spiritual pursuits. Gurock explained that "the daily time and effort sports required of its devotees to perfect their bodies to achieve success in the physical arena challenged, on an existential level, what Jewish life was supposed to be all about" (9). Therefore, from the Jewish perspective, participation in team sports could be a potentially subversive activity that could undermine Jewish tradition. Young Jewish athletes might become the target of criticism by members of their own community because of their choice to participate in athletics. It would certainly qualify as an effort to integrate with the culture of the dominant majority."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Gurock, J. Judaism's Encounter with American Sports. Indiana University Press, Bloomington, 2005.
  • Hoenig, L. ``Sandy Koufax and Yom Kippur, 5726'' The Florida Jewish News, September 21, 2007. Retrieved online http://www.floridajewishnews.com/site/a/sandy_koufax_and_yom_kippur_5726/.
  • Levine, P. Ellis Island to Ebbets Field, Oxford University Press, New York, 1992.
  • Richler, M. ``Koufax the Incomparable,'' Commentary, Vol. 42, No. 5, 1966.

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