The following is an email that R’ Krigsman sent to parents of the Yeshiva regarding the Super Bowl. We understand this may not be for everybody, but an important and potent message we felt we should share.
“To our wonderful YKLI Parents,
As some of you may be aware, the Superbowl is quickly approaching. The Superbowl is the championship game for the professional football season, and for many, it has become an opportunity to watch, or even host, large get-togethers and celebrations. Sadly, this sends a clear unmistakable message to our children of what we value and hold dear. The fixation with the game and its players, which are lauded and idolized, often coupled with overindulgence of food, communicates what we consider important and enjoyable. This is not appropriate for our Torah hashkafa.
Even if someone did want to assuage his own desires engrained from his own childhood, and wished to watch the game, I urge you to do so on your own, without dragging your children into this obsession. Certainly don’t watch it with a large gathering. And it goes without saying that it must not be offered to other children and coordinated on Parent’s chats! In the past, parents have reached out to me with shock and dismay at the insensitivity of some parents towards those families who would never think of such
exposure. To be clear, we do not want exposure. To be clear, we do not want classes joining to watch the game.
If the goal is to bond with friends, please arrange a more appropriate activity. The same is true for family bonding time. There are so many healthy activities to engage in during that time that will build family bonds. It is important to instill a sense of pride in our children for using their time productively and not being dragged into the attractions of our prevalent society. In this way, they also won’t feel the peer pressure of being left out if they are the only ones not participating. If we are enthusiastic about it, our children will embrace this, if Please understand that we are constantly setting examples for our children. If they see us schedule our lives and get-togethers around a televised sports game, what message are we sending? Our parties and enjoyment should be centered around Shabbos, Yom tov, siyumim, or a Retzifus seder!
As always, feel free to reach out to me to discuss, should you so desire.
Looking forward to seeing our children shteig in Torah and Yiras Shomayim!”
Rabbi Tzvi Krigsman