Five years and three Super Bowl championships ago, New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman started a years-long process of exploring his Jewish identity.

After a 10-day trip to Israel with CJP in 2015, the Super Bowl LIII MVP emerged as a proud and passionate advocate for the Jewish faith. He posts holiday messages on social media, speaks weekly with a rabbi just before Shabbat and, most recently, donned cleats honoring the victims of the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh.

CJP’s Dan Seligson, who met Edelman on the Israel trip, caught up with him at his Boston home to talk about his whirlwind offseason, his faith and, of course, football.

Edited by Jesse Ulrich, with music by Ryan J. Sullivan.

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