Edelman’s Jewish Sole
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Edelman’s Jewish Sole

Julian Edelman Instagram
Julian Edelman Instagram

Julian Edelman’s cleats have soul — Jewish soul.

Last year, the New England Patriots star wide receiver honored the 11 Jews who were killed in the Tree of Life attack in Pittsburgh.

Last Sunday, he was plugging his support for baseball in Israel on his feet.

Edelman debuted custom cleats on Sunday featuring a Star of David and the logo of the Israel Baseball Association as part of the NFL’s fourth “My Cause, My Cleats’’ campaign. They will be auctioned off to raise money for his cause.

Twenty-two teammates and Patriots coach Bill Belichick also wore custom footwear in support of different charities and causes.

In a post on social media featuring a close-up photo of the cleats, Edelman recalled his first visit to Israel in 2015, which he called a “meaningful experience.”

Speaking with his feet: Julian Edelman.
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“This year my cleats will benefit the Israel Baseball Association. They do so much for the Israeli community, bringing together people of all ages through the love of the game,” he wrote in the post. “They also support minor league youth baseball in Israel, and if you know anything about me you know I lived for little league.”

He concluded: “The Hebrew on the cleats says ‘yalla’, which means, ‘let’s go,’ because for the first time in the country’s history, Israel is going to compete in baseball in the Olympics. Baseball has always been my second favorite sport, and I’m pumped to see what those studs can do in Japan. Yalla!”

The Patriots lost to the Kansas City Chiefs, but Edelman scored a touchdown.

JTA

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