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Jewish students petition UT to change date of OU game

September 24, 2010
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A few of my students wrote about the Yom Kippur/UT-OU game conflict for their Judaism news/feature story. As did my former Statesman colleague Ralph Haurwitz (a real mensch). Here’s his piece.

As I see it, there are two religions at play in this story: Judaism and UT football. Turns out the biggest game of the season (the Red River Shootout with OU) occasionally coincides with the holiest day on the Jewish calendar (Yom Kippur), as it will next year. So some Jewish students are trying to get UT to change the date of the game. (Interesting side not that, as a religion reporter, I was more accustomed to seeing the abbreviation OU in reference to the Orthodox Union, a Jewish outreach organization.)

Anyway, it looks like football will trump Moses at UT. The athletic folks don’t appear too eager to change the game dates. Which leaves Jewish football fans frustrated.

Jewish students at UT say it isn’t fair to make them choose between their most important holiday and Texas football.

“It’s a day of fasting and atonement and self-reflection,” said Jordan Bagel, a junior majoring in multimedia journalism . “And the Texas-OU game is not just a game. It’s a weekend event. There’s the trip to Dallas. There’s the State Fair.”

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  1. David Joel permalink
    September 25, 2010 12:54 pm

    It is no wonder Judaism suffers when Jews themselves are torn between YHWH and football. These who would sacrifice their religion to be like the nations around them complain because they have to make a choice between YHWH and anything else. For, as it is written, “The name of YHWH is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.”

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