Thats right, over 80,000 ppl who paid a lot of money will gather to watch the Super Bowl. In addition, millions of ppl across the globe will gather at any venue available to have a Super Bowl party, which may or may not include watching the game.
One need only to casually peruse any of our local circulars to see how this has sadly seeped into our neighborhoods as well. All those Super Sunday specials are targeted for those making Super bowl parties. For many eateries, Super Sunday is one of the busiest days of the year, in sales.
Which means, thousands of Acheinu Bnei Yisroel are gonna sit down tomorrow, alone or with friends & family for 4-5 hours and watch the big event. Thus, accumulatively, there will be thousands of hours of bittul zman & bittul Torah.
I am, btw, not for a second judging a person who’s watching the game. I, myself, have wasted untold hours watching sporting events in my lifetime. If one feels he needs a little break or a distraction for whatever reason, Far be it for me to tell him not to, that’s between him, G-d & his Rav/Rosh Yeshiva. Go ahead, enjoy the game. I also have no qualms on the restaurants for catering to them; they need to make a living and they have every right to deliver Super Sunday Mega Party Platters to anyone that will pay for them.
My point is, what can we do to counter-balance this massive waste of time ? The only answer is, to ask those of us who are not watching the game or going to parties to try to increase our torah-learning or mitzva-doing during the hours of 6:00-10:00 pm, roughly.
Ideally, there would be shuls set up for this, with refreshments & guest speakers or whatever. But I just thought of this today so, for this year it’ll have to be just you, or local shul & your gemara. We’re all very busy with our schedules on a Sunday but whatever you learn, whether its 3 minutes or 3 hours, it’s a tremendous z’chus for you & yours and it is immeasurably beloved in the eyes of H-shem.
If you can, please post where/when you learned so we can all see what we accumulatively accomplished.
(My kids don’t let me sign my full name any more. Sorry)