Wednesday, November 7, 2012

A Bill Cosby Show Classic: Baseball on Shabbos?


From 1969 to 1971, comedian Bill Cosby starred in a light-hearted sitcom, playing the role of Chet Kincaid, a physical education teacher at a Los Angeles high school, bachelor, and average cool guy trying to earn a living, helping people out along the way. Many of the episodes involved Kincaid in various situations at the high school with his students and fellow teachers.

In the last episode of the last season, a young Chasidic boy joins Chet's little league baseball team. Saturday is the day of the big game, and the boy is forced to decide between playing in the game on Shabbat or sitting it out due to his religious beliefs. Complicating the decision is the fact that despite his uncool appearance, the kid turns out to be the best player on the team.

We were surprised to see that this theme was presented on television forty years ago, and we think it still has relevance today. So does he play or does he stay at home? It's worth viewing, but be aware that this isn't a 2 or 3 minute clip. It's a complete sitcom episode, running 23 minutes. Enjoy!

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3 comments:

  1. Bill Cosby is a treasure - always had valuable lessons to teach, with the best of humor.

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  2. Why did they think that Hasidic Jews spoke like a bad actor from a "biblical movie"?

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