New England Patriots Star Shares Western Wall Photo With Jewish High Holidays Message
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman posted pictures of himself in Israel, including one praying at the Western Wall, on Instagram on Saturday with a note marking the Jewish high holidays of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.
The NFL player — whose father is Jewish — started off his message but noting that it is a “very special time of year for both Pats nation” and Jewish people around the world in light of the holidays. He added, “I’m usually in such an active mode around this time but this year I’m being more reflective and grateful. I’m so blessed to have a loving family, an incredible daughter and amazing support from the best fans in the world. Remember to let the people you love know that you love them and always be grateful for what you have.”
Edelman concluded his note by wishing his fans a happy new year in Hebrew.
The 32-year-old has not been shy in the past about his connection to Judaism and Israel. In a game against the Denver Broncos in 2014, Edelman was spotted sitting on the team bench wearing a pin of an Israeli flag on his hat, according to JTA.
In April 2015, as a playful Passover greeting, he posted online a photoshopped picture of himself catching a piece of matzah, and that summer he was among the first passengers to try a new direct flight to Israel from Boston’s Logan International Airport.