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Fire Roger Goodell

Friday, 27 November, 2015 - 2:47 pm

Roger Goodell and the NFL – No Fair League – have done it again. They have targeted New Orleans for persecution. Except this time it is not just a bad call on the field to kill a game, or a bad application of league policy to kill a season. This time they are aiming at the signature Chanukah event of the NOLA Jewish community. In an act that could “literally” be categorized as Anti-Semitic, the NFL has flexed the Saints game on December 6 from 12 noon to the afternoon slot at 3:25 PM – a direct conflict with Chanukah @ Riverwalk, which runs from 4:30-6:30 PM.

This declaration of “the war on Chanukah” is eerily familiar to the clash between the Syrian-Greeks and the Maccabees. We need to channel our inner Maccabees and rise up against this tyranny and religious persecution. “All that are for G-d rally with me.” We need to declare loud and clear that we will not back down but rather we will fight and ensure that our Chanukah celebration is not diminished by this Hellenist onslaught.

Fellow Jews let us wage this battle of light vs. might and we will vanquish!

(For the benefit of those that are humorously challenged – the above was written in the spirit of thetzibbeleh.com - Yiddish for The Onion.)

On a serious note – this week the NFL changed the game time for next Sunday and it will therefore be in conflict. I hope that people will fire up the DVR and do the right thing by coming to the Chanukah @ Riverwalk celebration. This event is an extremely important expression of Jewish pride and a religious freedom. Furthermore it means a lot to so many people. We look forward to celebrating with you!

We have a great program prepared this year including a first time ever Chanukah Laser Light Show. Our regular features will also be in place and the event promises to be a great one.

We extend condolences to the Mrs. Connie, Jeanie and Alan Tolmas and family upon the passing of Dr. Hyman Tolmas. Doc, as he was known, was a beloved pediatrician who treated three generations of patients in New Orleans. He was also a longtime president of Anshe Sfard and an involved member of the Jewish community. He was a personal friend of our family and we were privileged to know him and his family for many years. He will be missed, but Doc Tolmas leaves a wonderful legacy to his family in his professional, social and religious life.

We look forward to seeing you all on Monday night - 7 PM at Chabad House for the lecture by Rabbi Dov Greenberg entitled, My Beloved Knocks.

Shabbat Shalom
Rabbi Mendel Rivkin

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