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Does God Care Who Wins the Super Bowl?

Is it appropriate for players like Tim Tebow to make grand gestures of prayer to a Master of the World Who has His Hands full dealing with much more important things?
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Are you a sports fan? Merriam-Webster tells us that fan is short for fanatic. And being a fanatic about anything is a form of avodah zarah that God jealously tells us to avoid.

There’s nothing wrong with preferring a particular team. And there is nothing wrong with rooting for that team to win. But once our preference for that team pulls us away from family, and sobriety, and decency, it becomes an idol we must shun.

So I hope my Red Sox will do better next season than was the case with last season’s Bobby Valentine’s Day massacre. But, if they don’t, I won’t lose any sleep over it.

To sum up and answer the question I asked in the title of this article: Does God care who wins the Super Bowl? The answer is yes, He cares very much.

The real question is why should we?

Rabbi Yerachmiel Seplowitz

About the Author: Rabbi Yerachmiel Seplowitz, a member of the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America, is a mohel (BrisRabbi.com) and chaplain in Monsey, New York. His divrei Torah on the weekly parshah can be read at TorahTalk.org.


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