Welcome to the Maimonides School Invitational Basketball Tournament. Congratulations to the 2017 tournament champions: the Yeshivah of Flatbush Girls Falcons and the Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy Boys Cougars.
About the Maimonides School Invitational Basketball Tournament
The Maimonides Invitational Basketball Tournament, modeled after successful Maimonides events in the 1980s, is about much more than basketball. It is an opportunity for students, teachers, families and alumni to coalesce in spirit behind our students. It is a warm, memorable Shabbat experience for participants and the school community. And it is a model for all on blending intense play on the court with examples of middot including sportsmanship, humility and respect.
"They will no longer say your name is Yaakov, but Yisrael, for you have contended with God and with men and proven able"
- Bereishiit 32:29
"If you're trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I've had them; everybody has had them.
But obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up.
Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.
- Michael Jordan
Dear participants in the 2016-2017 Maimonides School Invitation Basketball Tournament,
We want to wish you a very warm welcome to our School and community. In this week's Parsha Yaakov Avinu prepares to meet his brother Eisav. Afraid of what his brother might do in retaliation for the loss of the bechora, Yaakov Avinu, sends gifts, prepares his family, and davens. The night before the meeting Yaakov Avinu wakes up and crosses a river. The Rashbam explains that what in fact happened was that Yaakov Avinu got scared and tried to flee with his family. Despite all his hard work and preparation, he just did not think he could overcome this challenge. So Hashem sends an angel to stop him. Because Hashem will not let Yaakov Avinu give up. He must face his fear, he must rise to the challenge, he must execute his game plan. According to the Rashbam, this episode is a story about resilience and grit. About believing in yourself and trusting in your preparation. As athletes you all know what it means to leave it all on the court. To try your best and keep pushing until the buzzer. To trust in the hard work and determination you put in to your practices. And with the right strategy, effective effort, and a little Tefillah, B'ezrat Hashem you will all find your own hard earned success both on and off the court.
We are looking forward to sharing this tournament and Shabbaton with you. Through all our efforts we can all grow as athletes, as bnei and bnot Torah, and as a community.
Mr. Scott Mattoon, General Studies Principal
Rabbi Dov Huff, Judaic Studies Principal
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