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  • #604235

    i always wondered if there is a makor for this

    #888512

    Chacham
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    igros yd 4,11

    #888513

    repharim
    Member

    Nothing inherently wrong with it…just consider this:

    1. Totally not tzinus women everywhere.

    2. Complete waste of time

    3. Complete waste of money

    4. If you really think about it (and I mean NOOOOO offence to anyone) but the core reason of why people like sports is because they want to be part of a winning team. Why do people need to feel that? Because they’re losers in the parts of their life where they feel they should be winners. For example, you know you need to keep shabbos but you don’t. And if your team lost, well no worries at least there are thousands of others who feel let down so you’re “not alone”. It’s like taking a test in school, when you see you failed you feel horrible. But when you find out that everyone else failed you don’t feel as bad. But the reality is that you still failed….just because everyone else did shouldn’t make you feel better.

    #888514

    Toi
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    its actually a rashi mifureshes on the passuk of ubichukosaihem lo seileichu. a”s.

    #888515

    yoyo56
    Member

    but i thought there was a rabbi if im not mistaken the rav of the mir in yershalyim did once ask abt a game? so then why is it assur?

    #888516

    Eli51
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    There are many rabbonim who say it’s muttar to go to games. I got an heter to go from a few rabbonim.

    #888517

    choppy
    Participant

    As if people ask for a heter before heading to the stadium…

    They do what they want.

    #888518

    Bustercrown
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    I have boys and they love ball games. When I went to a cyclones game in Brooklyn I was very upset when I saw their cheerleaders who are all over the stands constantly. It’s a problem but how can you tell sons they can never go to a game they love?

    #888519

    repharim
    Member

    @bustercrown A jew is required to guard his eyes, you are not allowed to look at immodest women. Granted today this is near impossible because women all over the streets don’t care. But at the very least you could try avoiding places where they purposely dress practically naked and show off their bodies. Cheerleading has only one purpose, show off a bunch of naked girls and it gets everyone pumped. I mean c’mon tell your kids that you decided their soul is more important than a sports game?

    #888520

    Toi
    Participant

    and if they love pork? or looking at the cheerleaders? how can you deny them the things they love. great point.

    #888521

    zahavasdad
    Participant

    There are no cheerleaders in Baseball games and the Football Giants dont have them either (The Jets and Knicks do)

    #888522

    ohr chodesh
    Member

    There is widespread nivel peh and pritzus in the stands at baseball, football and other games.

    #888523

    zahavasdad
    Participant

    Why not ban riding the subway in the summer too, there is Prizut, Nevel Peh (Especially when the train is stopped and the AC shuts off for a min) , The Subway Preacher (And when you get one of those its in a crowded train and you aint moving)

    There is many times Kol Eisha (Ever see a Subway “performer”)

    #888524

    GeshmakMan
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    The questions isn’t about a game, it’s really how you define “wrong”. Going to a game isn’t wrong per say, however it’s not exactly the “best” thing either”. It’s one of those “gray areas” that we put on the “there’s nothing wrong with it, or whats wrong with going to a game” list.

    That being said, the fact that there is Kosher food, “minyanim”, etc etc at games does NOT make it a Jewish event or “muttar”. I have davened at these “minyanim” and it’s a complete joke. Try davening while people walk past you half dressed, drunk and yelling. Or try davening while a great play happens and the crowd erupts cheering.

    Again – everyone has to do what he/she feel is right, including to define the word “wrong”.

    #888525

    WIY
    Member

    GeshmakMan

    Since when are there grey areas in Judaism. Theres assur or mutar. A sports game bizman hazeh with all the pritzus, non Jewish music and drunk fans screaming expletives is assur gammur. Of course theres also the issur deoraysoh of chukas hagoy.

    #888526

    WIY
    Member

    zahavasdad

    A person must go to work to feed their family. However you are correct. One who has no need to go to Manhattan but does so anyways just to “hang out in Manhattan” or whatever and boards a train to do so is likely oiver on some issurim for both what he sees and hears on the train and in Manhattan.

    Sadly many people dont know what you are talking about when you mention Kedusha, Tehara, Prishus….

    #888527

    Toi
    Participant

    zdad- i know how you love to make the dumbest tzushtells in the world, but just give up already. a person attending an event for enjoyment should reconsider attending if he will unquestionably be oiver issurim, whereas a man going to work is michuyav to do so in order to support his family. if he encounters bad things while tryig, he should attempt to be omed b’nisayon.

    #888528

    Sam2
    Participant

    Bava Basra 57b, if I recall correctly.

    #888529

    Git Meshige
    Participant

    Bustercrown, how can you to tell a baal teshuva not to eat a Cheese Burger that they loved. What a dumb attidude. If its wrong you dont let them go. Even if they love it.

    #888530

    there is a tshuva from reb moshe about going to sports events. he says its an issur doiraysah and there are 3 lavim including pritzus and chukas hagoyim

    #888531

    zahavasdad
    Participant

    many yeshivas (Like Chofetz Chaim ) that have chinese auctions , and at these chinese auctions they give away tickets to sports games.

    It would be completely assur to raise money in this fashion if the game was assur.

    I do not see the same yeshivas give away McDonalds Gift cards for example

    #888532

    zahavasdad
    Participant

    My kids also go to Charedi Day Camps and they have gone on trips Citifield, Yankee Stadium and MCU Stadium (Brooklyn Cyclones)

    And some of the male counselors are above 13 who chapperone the kids

    #888533

    TheGoq
    Participant

    Git you have every right to disagree with a poster if you find their views are wrong but you dont have a right to call that poster dumb, over the line.

    #888534

    Eli51
    Participant

    To inmyhumbleopinion

    I don’t think you ever saw the Teshuva from R. Moshe Feinstein because I once heard Rav Shlomo Pearl say @ a shiur that according to Igras Moshe games are only Ossur because of Bittul Torah & nothing else.

    #888535

    The tshuva isnt in igros moshe. its in a sefer put out recently of his tshuvas that weren’t published. the 3rd reason he says is because of “moshav leitzim”

    #888536

    Chacham
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    #888537

    kfb
    Participant

    If you’re a guy, it’s assur not to go to sport game. Why would you deprive yourself from kosher fun?

    #888538

    Chacham
    Participant

    kfb go ahead argue on reb moshe

    #888539

    Sam2
    Participant

    Chacham: Arguments on R’ Moshe are quite foolish. But it’s not ridiculous to argue that we can’t trust that that’s R’ Moshe.

    #888540

    GeshmakMan
    Participant

    Is better to go to a FEW ballgames a year OR waste your WHOLE year in the YWN Cofferoom dicussing this silly topic and 78 other variations of solving the Shidduch Crisis?

    Whats “muttar”/good about the CR?

    #888541

    ohr chodesh
    Member

    The CR doesn’t have the pritzus and nivel peh.

    #888542

    Chacham
    Participant

    sam do you mean because of chelek 8?

    #888543

    Sam2
    Participant

    Chacham: Chelek 8 had enough controversy about it. Kal V’chomer Chelek 9.

    #888544

    Chacham
    Participant

    Sam2 ON this inyan it is yadua that this is reb moshes opinion and his talmidim say it over also,

    #888545

    Sam2
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    Chacham: That could be. I will admit there are many “Yadua” opinions of R’ Moshe that I am unfamiliar with. But I do take anything from the last two Chalakim with a grain of salt. I respect it so long as there is no good reason to say otherwise, but I certainly don’t feel M’shubad to it the way I do to the first 7 Chalakim. (I have at different times called someone who would argue with R’ Moshe’s P’sakim L’ma’aseh (in America, at least; not necessarily in Eretz Yisrael) a Zaken Mamrei or a Mored B’malchus. But I only say that on the first 7 Chalakim.)

    #888546

    TheMusicMan
    Participant

    Of course it’s wrong. The question is if it’s assur.

    #888547

    Csar
    Member

    Sam: I take it that you do not use a Shabbos Clock on an air conditioner, per Rav Moshe’s psak? And you hold anyone who argues on that is a Zaken Mamrei or a Mored B’malchus?

    (Not that anyone argues on the issur of going to a sports game. Just as a general point.)

    #888548

    Chacham
    Participant

    csar – I think sam is reffering to small rabbonim in this dor arguing on reb moshe.( ie the eruv)

    #888550

    Sam2
    Participant

    Csar: I almost parenthetically added the words “with very select exceptions where the Tzibbur was not Noheg like him”. But even then, it’s clear that he was against Shabbos clocks L’migdar Milsa, and not from straight Halachah. Thus, using on an air conditioner or even anything else in the house doesn’t violate his P’sak the same way doing something that is actually Assur would.

    #888551

    mw13
    Participant

    repharim:

    “Totally not tzinus women everywhere.”

    I believe that this is the biggest problem with going to a sports game. If a man goes to a stadium during the summer, he will see things that he absolutely may not be seeing.

    “the core reason of why people like sports is because they want to be part of a winning team. Why do people need to feel that? Because they’re losers in the parts of their life where they feel they should be winners.”

    I don’t believe that’s true at all. Everyone enjoys winning.

    Toi:

    “its actually a rashi mifureshes on the passuk of ubichukosaihem lo seileichu. a”s.”

    True, Rashi does say it is assur to go to a stadium. But you have to realize, the program in the stadiums then quite literally consisted of giluy arayos, shvichas dumim, and avodah zarah. Today its just some ball.

    zahavasdad:

    “Why not ban riding the subway in the summer too, there is Prizut”

    If it can be avoided, by all means stay away from it.

    Toi/Git Meshige:

    Petty insults have no place here. Or anywhere, for that matter.

    zahavasdad:

    All you’ve done is prove that people do go to ball games, not that it’s okay to do so.

    Sam2:

    “(I have at different times called someone who would argue with R’ Moshe’s P’sakim L’ma’aseh (in America, at least; not necessarily in Eretz Yisrael) a Zaken Mamrei or a Mored B’malchus.”

    Didn’t R’ Moshe hold it was assur to listen to music?

    #888552

    RebRY
    Member

    I started seeing CR in Yeshiva World news last week. I don’t see why this is any better then a sports game. It is also a big waste of time with a bunch of people who are not talmidei chachamim without daas torah writing their own opinions and bashing erliche yidden. as far as pritzes their are a lot of people defending these flatbush women who don’t dress tzniusdik. Don’t you all have something better to do like maybe go open up a sefer and learn a bisel Torah.

    #888553

    gavra_at_work
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    Rav Shteinman Paskened that it is Assur to play sports, let alone go to a game.

    #888554

    Kozov
    Member

    Sam where do you get it from that America has to follow Rav Moshe’s Psak? Didnt you yourself say that sometimes the Tzibbur is clearly not noiheg like him? What would determine that if not for not following his Psak from the get go? And there are plenty of reliable Achronim who preceded that argue with Rav Moshe sometimes.

    #888555

    Csar
    Member

    It should be noted no one argues on Rav Moshe regarding sports.

    #888556

    Sam2
    Participant

    mw13: Yes. Yes he does.

    Kozov: It is precisely because he was accepted that we have to listen to him. It’s kind of circular when you think about it, but not quite. He was recognized as the undisputed Posek Hador, and therefore we were Meshabed ourselves (yes, even those of us who weren’t born until after he passed away) to every P’sak of his. Cases where he was ignored are tough to deal with, though it should be noted that people were Noheg to use Shabbos clocks before everyone started listening to him (and before he Assered them), which is probably an important factor.

    #888557

    on the ball
    Participant

    mw13:

    “True, Rashi does say it is assur to go to a stadium. But you have to realize, the program in the stadiums then quite literally consisted of giluy arayos, shvichas dumim, and avodah zarah. Today its just some ball.”

    No, please don’t krum op that Rashi. He clearly means partaking in non-Jewish entertainment and sports irrespective of what it entails. If it contained A’Z and Gilui Arayos it would anyway be Asur.

    #888558

    Sam2
    Participant

    on the ball: I don’t think so. The Chiluk is obvious. The Gemara has very harsh words for those who attend stadiums because that’s what attending a stadium entailed back then. It’s clearly not what it entails now. You are the one reading something into Rashi that isn’t obvious (that he is including even something that didn’t exist back in his time). It could be that Chazal would have included today’s sports in that. But the Chiluk to say that they would not be included is obviously there. It didn’t exist, so we honestly have no idea if Chazal included it or not. Saying that Rashi clearly includes it is just as not-Muchrach as saying he clearly excludes it.

    #888559

    Toi
    Participant

    mw13- i will pettily insult whomever i please

    #888560

    on the ball
    Participant

    Sam2: Yes there is a chiluk. But without a halachic source, it is not a ‘mechalek’. You must admit that it is at least very possible that Rashi (from Chazal) meant any form of non-Jewish entertainment even non-violent and non-salacious ones. Ergo, you have no right to create an arbitrary limitation on his words just because you can identify a difference.

    Doing just that with no halachic backing is a slippery slope that can eventually lead to the Reform idealogy of rejecting any halachah that has no clear modern rationale – Rachmana Litzlan.

    #888561

    yitzman1
    Member

    Here’s one thing I’ve never understood and have brought it up to many people who agree with me. Why do so many frum people take their kids to baseball games, in the middle of the summer, to sit amongst the goyim that are drinking beer, cheering on their team, cursing, women wearing low cut shirts, etc. and are fine with that, but make it completely assur to go to watch a movie, in a dark movie theater, with no interaction with the goyim around you?? Why is that a problem?? Let’s say your only going to watch a PG movie…

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