Alabama Temple Warns Football Fans Not to Discuss College Football Scores on Yom Kippur or “All of Us Will Suffer”


Alabama SpotlightApparently, even amid tense rivalries and SEC domination, a certain High Holy Day in the Jewish faith trumps the religion of football in the South.

Temple Emanu-El in Birmingham, Ala., has a few words of warning to its congregants regarding college football on Sept. 14. Members of the temple are reminded that they are not allowed to talk about, celebrate or find out the scores from football games that day.

Sept. 14 happens to be Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year for Jewish people. On that day, members of the Jewish faith are not allowed to eat, drink or bathe, and they are certainly not supposed to watch college football.

That day also happens to be when the Alabama-Texas A&M and Auburn-Mississipi State games are, which poses a moral dilemma for those Crimson Tide fans who want to watch their team try to avenge last season’s loss against Johnny Manziel‘s Aggies.

The temple published an announcement with some pretty strong wording against being involved, in any way, with college football that day:

“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 is [sic] 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.”

The consequences sound quite serious, so we hope Temple Emanu-El congregants have their DVRs all lined up for the 14th.

Hat tip to Deadspin for the find.

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