Thursday, November 1, 2012

Is Sport a Religion?

Wired for Romance starts Tuesday - GOLF DAY - FILM SCREENING see below


Question of the Week:


I wanted to ask you for your opinion on the topic of sport and G-d. My husband is quickly losing his faith in G-d due to his team not winning. Every time his team loses, he loses his faith more and more. I want to try and give him a way of looking at it differently and rather than blaming G-d for another losing game, blaming the players, and perhaps just watching less sport??? 




How about telling him this. It is not a rational reaction to lose faith because your team is losing. Rather than switch beliefs, it would make more sense to switch teams.


After all, surely fans on both sides of any game are praying for their team to win. Only one of those prayers can be answered affirmatively. If yours is losing, it doesn't mean

 G-d isn't there, just maybe He is on the other side. So if G-d is with them, shouldn't you be too?


This argument will of course have absolutely no effect on him. I can't imagine a real sports fan exchanging loyalties just because his team keeps losing. Well, that's what having faith means. No matter what happens, we only have one G-d, and we stick with Him. In fact, the very word for faith in Hebrew is Emunah, which actually means loyalty. Just like a fan never switches sides no matter what, a believer is loyal to G-d come what may.


In a way, it is wonderful that the biggest tragedy in his life is his team losing. May it always be that way. But he needs to maintain perspective and disentangle his faith from his fanhood. Sport is recreation, diversion, relaxation, entertainment. If it is bringing such angst and frustration, it is not serving its purpose. Sport is about playing, not praying.


I don't know if you will succeed in convincing him to watch less sport. But maybe he can become less invested in it. His emotional and spiritual energies should be saved for his real team, the team that truly needs him - his family, his community, his people and his G-d.


Good Shabbos,

Rabbi Moss


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Wired for Romance - Kabbalistic teachings on the role of the mind in loving relationships.



Tuesdays Nov 6,13 and 20, 8.15 - 9.15pm at Nefesh

Love is centered in the heart. But love is not just about feelings. The mind plays a vital but often neglected part in forming the romantic bond. This series explores how intellect impacts emotion and how we can use our brains to improve the way we love.




MEANINGFUL MOTHERHOOD - Discussion for mothers and babies with Nechama Dina Moss and Shterny Dadon Mondays 10am-11:15am at Nefesh





Film Screening

Leap of Faith

Sunday November 25th at 7pm

This feature-length documentary is the first ever film to explore the phenomenon of religious conversion. In "Leap of Faith" we follow four families through their attempt at conversion to Judaism. Some make it, others don't. We will witness a host of crises and triumphs and often surprising consequences.  


Who makes it through conversion and who doesn't?

Would you be able to convert if you weren't born Jewish?

What do converts have to do to become Jewish?


Come along for an inspiring and fascinating film

followed by a Q & A session


When: 7pm for a 7.30pm start, Sunday 25th November

Where: Nefesh 45 Roscoe Street

Cost: $10 tickets presales online, $13 at the door


Popcorn, sweets and drinks will be available for sale.



Golf Day   

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