Rabbi posts bulletin urging congregation not to speak about football Sept. 14

MGN Online

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Which comes first? Football or religion.

The rabbi at Birmingham’s Temple Emanu-El is making it very clear.

Alabama football is so important to him and his congregation that he felt the need to address it in a bulletin.

Rabbi Jonathan Miller wants no mention of football on Saturday, Sept. 14, which is Yom Kippur, the final High Holy Day for the Jewish community. It also happens to be the same day Alabama takes on Texas A&M.

Rabbi Miller wrote in the bulletin, “No scores, or high fives, or Roll Tides or War Eagles. If even a peep gets out, our pages in the Book of Life will be compromised and all of us will suffer.”

“It’s only football, which is very important for us here, but that was said [tongue-in-cheek],” Rabbi Miller said. “My congregation understood that as not a joke, but as something that was funny.”

Rabbi Miller wants his congregation to focus on the spiritual meaning of the Jewish holiday.

He plans to watch the game after the fast is over and doesn’t want anyone to spoil it.

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