Dear Matzav Shmooze,
I think I speak for many people when I say that I am upset about the infiltration of a goyishe Yom Tov into the Jewish calendar. I am talking, of course, about Super Bowl Sunday.
It has probably been 2000 years from the days of the Yevanim since Jews got together to watch glorified athletes compete against each other. And even then I’m sure the sports weren’t as violent and brutal as the game millions of Americans will be watching this Sunday.
Now if watching the Super Bowl was did in private as a way to pass the time or because someone is addicted to sports, dayeinu. But every year the gatherings and parties made to watch the “big game” are becoming more commonplace.
Now if watching the Super Bowl was just at parties or gatherings for sport fans and it stopped there, dayeinu. But this year I was shocked to see Jewish restaurants advertising special sales in “honor” of “Super Bowl Sunday!”
Have Jews become so assimilated that we openly advertise our affiliation to non kosehr sporting events? Why are my children being exposed to such things? How do I instill in them the pride of being the Am Segula when everywhere they look they see Jews openly trying to become like other nations? When will we as a community finally say DAYEINU?