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Dear Alicia,

Sports without fans? How about Without Players? 

If I was a Brewers fan, I would have been terribly offended right now.
You see, for years I am rooting for them, holding a season ticket, going to every game wrapped up with Brewers' gear, buying all kinds of memorabilia, and posting on Facebook "Go Brewers!". Basically, a fan all the way.
And now, just because of one little virus, they are planning to... play without fans?
So they are planning to have a game without their most loyal fans?
How can that even be? How can a game be played without fans? Aren't the fans the ones who are winning or losing the games?
Now, because I am not a sports fan, I don't take this to heart. But if I was, I am guessing at this point I would be pretty offended.
This entire debate about sports without fans is bringing to the forefront a sad reality: the players are the only ones deciding who wins and who loses.
Yes, the fans are important. Yes, they add so much to the atmosphere and the mood of the players. But they are just fans.
To win the game, you need PLAYERS.
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Which reminds me of a story.
When a young Bar Mitzvah boy came to visit the Rebbe, he was surprised when the Rebbe started asking him about his sport preference. The Rebbe even asked him if he recently attended a game.
Here is how the conversation continued (from chabad.org):
"How was the game?"
It was disappointing, the 13-year-old confessed. By the sixth inning, the team was losing nine-to-two, so we decided to leave.
"Did the players also leave the game when you left?"
Rabbi, the players can't leave in the middle of the game!
"Why not?" asked the Rebbe.
There are players and fans, the baseball fan explained. The fans can leave when they like — they're not part of the game and the game could, and does, continue after they leave. But the players need to stay and try to win until the game is over.
"That is the lesson I want to teach you in Judaism," said the Rebbe with a smile. "You can be either a fan or a player. Be a player."
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So that's it, my dear die-hard sport fans friends. You are very important, but to win the game, you really need to play.
Next week we will be celebrating the holiday of Shavuot, the day we received the gift of Judaism. We can root for it, we can post exciting posts on Facebook, but most importantly we need to actually play -
To lead an active and proud Jewish life.
Wishing you all a Shabbat Shalom!

Rabbi Mendel Shmotkin

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IN THIS WEEK'S TORAH PORTION:

Parshat Bamidbar

In the Sinai  Desert, G‑d says to conduct a census of the twelve tribes of Israel. Moses counts  603,550 men of draftable age (20 to 60 years); the tribe of Levi, numbering 22,300 males age one month and older, is counted separately. The  Levites are to serve in the Sanctuary. They replace the  firstborn, whose number they approximated, since they were disqualified when they participated in the worshipping of the Golden Calf. The 273 firstborn who lacked a Levite to replace them had to pay a five-shekel “ransom” to  redeem themselves.

When the people broke camp, the three Levite clans dismantled and  transported the Sanctuary, and reassembled it at the center of the next encampment. They then erected their own tents around it: the Kohathites, who carried the Sanctuary’s vessels (the Ark, menorah, etc.) in their specially designed  coverings on their shoulders, camped to its south; the Gershonites, in charge of its tapestries and roof coverings, to its west; and the families of Merari, who transported its wall panels and pillars, to its north. Before the Sanctuary’s  entranceway, to its east, were the tents of Moses, Aaron, and Aaron’s sons.

Beyond the Levite circle, the  twelve tribes camped in four groups of three tribes each. To the east were Judah (pop. 74,600), Issachar (54,400) and Zebulun (57,400); to the south, Reuben (46,500), Simeon (59,300) and Gad (45,650); to the west, Ephraim (40,500), Manasseh (32,200) and Benjamin (35,400); and to the north, Dan (62,700), Asher (41,500) and Naphtali (53,400). This formation was kept also while  traveling. Each tribe had its own nassi (prince or leader), and its own  flag with its tribal color and emblem.

 

 
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