Yom Kippur: It’s fourth and long

07.10.2011                      09.Tischrei. 5772                      Erew Jom Kippur

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Yom Kippur: It’s fourth and long

Though Yom Kippur certainly is no day for sports, like football it does have a time limit, sundown and a playbook, the machzor.

Yom Kippur, the fourth quarter of the High Holidays, is coming and time is running out. Our seats are waiting, the gates are closing.
Each year we look for a new way to prep for the day: Could football offer a strategy? Though Yom Kippur certainly is no day for sports, like football it does have a time limit, sundown and a playbook, the machzor. There is even a halftime and cheerleaders — liturgical cheerleaders, that is.
It’s a day when the liturgy seems to ask: Are you going to run, pass or pray? Football is in the air at Yom Kippur time, but the holiest day of the Jewish calendar need not compete with a sacred Saturday or Sunday. Teams will change game dates to avoid a Yom Kippur conflict and allow fans to observe the day. The Jets did so in 2009, and the University of Toledo moved its homecoming game this year….