A Rabbi was an avid follower of soccer and was in fact so enthusiastic that he could truly be described as a fanatic about the game. While walking to the synagogue one day he stopped a member of his congregation and said to him, "Mr. Cohen, you know how keen I am about the game of soccer, don't you?"
To which Mr. Cohen replied, "Of course I do, Rabbi, in fact the whole congregation knows what a fanatic you are about the game."
The Rabbi then said to Mr. Cohen, "Well, I'm afraid that I have a terrible problem. I've learned today that the World Cup final is due to be played on Yom Kippur and I don't know what to do about it!"
Mr. Cohen pondered the problem for a few moments and then said to the Rabbi, "Well, Rabbi, there's only one thing you can do. You'll have to tape it."
"What?" exclaimed the Rabbi, "the whole service?"
At one point during a game, the coach said to one of his young players, "Do you understand what cooperation is? What a team is?"
The little boy nodded in the affirmative.
"Do you understand that what matters is whether we win together as a team?"
The little boy nodded yes.
"So," the coach continued, "When a strike is called, or you're out at first, you don't argue or curse or attack the umpire. Do you understand all that?"
Again, the little boy nodded.
"Good," said the coach. "Now go over there and explain it to your mother."
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