Here I am again, finding myself in the all-too-familiar role: that guy.
The one who feels compelled to pen a disgruntled letter to TLS, bemoaning the fervor with which our community has embraced the Super Bowl and everything it represents—a fervor, I must point out, that seems starkly at odds with our Jewish traditions and values.
And why do I raise this concern? Because where there’s smoke, there’s usually fire.
This becomes all too apparent when observing the barrage of advertisements and social media promotions from our many local Lakewood kosher restaurant establishments, all too eager to entice us with Super Bowl Sunday specials.
Yes, it’s entirely possible to host an exuberant Super Bowl bash replete with gourmet offerings.
Each steaming dish boasts adherence to the most stringent standards of glatt kosher certification, supervised by the most reputable hashgacha, featuring chassidishe shechita only, and monitored round-the-clock by a mashgiach temidi saying tehilim.
Rest assured, your sport-themed feast will be double-wrapped, hand-delivered by a shomer Shabbos delivery person, clad in the traditional white shirt, black pants, tzitzis conspicuously displayed, all while absorbing a daf yomi shiur through his TAG-filtered iPhone.
Because, after all, as a devout Jew, adherence to the Torah’s commandments is paramount.
Say it proudly: “Wow, mi ka’amcha Yisrael!”
Never have we felt a deeper sense of pride for being associated with such a profound and spiritually elevated community. Indeed, the pride of chareidi Jewry across North America.
But let’s cut through the façade.
This letter distills my anguish and indignation. Should the irony escape you, then further discussion is moot.
However, should you grasp the irony, then join me in mourning. Together, we can lament over how a community so full of promise has, seemingly, lost its way.
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