I am greatly disturbed by frum people paying attention to the super bowl

Dear Editor,

I am greatly shterred by all the attention paid to the Suber Bowl. It is not a Yiddishe event. If some people can’t be gover their yeitzerand feel they have to watch and listen to the game, b’seder, it’s their own gesheft. That’s their cheshbon. But why does there have to be so much pirsum about it in our machaneh?

Gradeh, this year I can hear it a bit more for the olam in the tri-state to be into it, because there is a New York team involved, but instam a year I always thought it was mudneh when they average guy would get all into the game when he has no shaychus to either team.

But even this year, it has crossed the line. I mean, it’s mamesh out of control, with everyone talking about it ah gantzen tog, yomam v’laylah. I heard someone saying to his chaver that he is very upset that someone he knows is making a chasunah tonight. “Doesn’t he know that there is a Super Bowl?” the person said. Another person was surprised that Acheinu is making an asifa tonight. “How can they do that when we have things to be oseik in?” he said.

What has happened to us? Amol, the olam following a sport would try to hide it a shtickel because of the bushah. The bushah was geferlach, because, lemaaseh, it’s not ideal for a ben Torah. Now there’s no bushah anymore. Chaval.

I understand that sports isn’t the most geferliche zach, but when it reaches such a madreigah of mamesh being oseik in it like a mitzvah, it is no longer acceptable. (And agav, while the game might be okay, the commercials and other parts are zicher not for a ben Torah if we are being emesdik.)

I’m not a groise kanna’i and I am b’emesdik a very tolerant guy. I know the realities, which is why I am not being lochem about this in general. But everyone, in an honest moment, would be maskim that we have gone past an acceptable gevul. Ich bet fun der olam, let’s bring the kedushah back into our lives. All this other stuff is naarishkeiten.

Shkoach for reading my verter, which were written mamesh from der hartz.

Kol tuv. Ah gutten tog. May you have gevaldige nachas fun der gantzeh mishpacha.

Besuros tovos.


originally posted on matzav

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