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Soccer talk: The World Cup

Some rabbinic advice from a Dutch expert.

Miguel Layun is challenged by Lior Refaelov
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 As the Brazil World Cup draws near, I suffer sleepless nights and struggle with serious depression. In the name of Zeus, why is it that time after time we Jews find ourselves not at the center of these games? I decided to conduct a careful study to discover the causes of this phenomenon. I concentrated on soccer because, since I’m Dutch by birth, this is my expertise.

First, I went to Beitar Jerusalem’s locker rooms and put my ear to the wall. Then I traveled to the Hapoel Tel Aviv team, once more pressing my ear to listen. Finally, with that same ear, I walked into the rooms of Maccabi Haifa. My conclusion: There is only one way to fix this. Jewish soccer needs serious rabbinic advice.



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