Jan 26, 2017

Tweet of the Day

Yediot shows the image of a soccer player who scored a goal, put a kipa on his head and said a prayer (shma yisrael, as reported elsewhere) in celebration.
Yediot asks in its tweet if this should be considered a provocation or is it legitimate?

Provocation? provocation to what? why and how would putting a kipa on be considered a provocation? I am thinking of Tim Tebow off the top of my head, but many athletes perform religious ceremonies of sort, usually more subtle than Tebow's flamboyant ceremonies. It seems to be a very common part of sports celebrations, but when Jewish it is provocative? And, again, what is it provoking?

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  1. It's obvious (considering the source of the comment) - it is provoking religious observance, G-d forbid!

  2. I think part of the issue is that the opponent in the match was Bnei Sakhnin, an Arab team (mentioned in the original Hebrew text). Such an overtly Jewish gesture when playing that particular opponent can be seen as a bit in-your-face.


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