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Down, Set, Sacrilege! Birmingham synagogue says members’ souls in danger if they talk football during Yom Kippur

Synagag: No peep about pigskin will be heard inside Temple Emanu-El on Sept. 14. Photo via @AU_Family.
Synagag: No peep about pigskin will be heard inside Temple Emanu-El on Sept. 14. Photo via @AUFamily.

Temple Emanu-El, Birmingham’s largest synagogue, says its members’ souls will be in danger if they talk football—even Auburn football!—during Yom Kippur, the last day of the Jewish High Holy Days, on Saturday, Sept. 14.”Saturday, September 14 is a big football day,” a hand-out distributed during Rosh Hashanah services Wednesday night and Thursday morning read. “Some of Temple Emanu-El, and all of the clergy, are college football fans. It is because of our support the past seven National Championships have been won by the Southeastern Conference and, the last four, in Alabama. On Yom Kippur, and the hours afterward, we will not discuss or even insinuate the scores of football games. It is a violation of our Holy Day, and it will ruin the post Break-The-Fast experience some of us hope to have when the day ends. 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.”

However, nearby Temple Beth-El is taking the opposite approach, telling Saban worshipers that if they “really want Alabama to win, you have to come pray first.”

Auburn takes on Mississippi State during Yom Kippur while Bama meets dreaded Johnny Football.

You can read more quotes about the houndstooth yarmulke Rabbi who issued the edict here.

Related: And all God’s people said ‘War Eagle’.

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