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Jewish boys team may forfeit Shabbat playoff

by Brad A. Greenberg

February 27, 2008 | 3:54 pm

Evidenced by Jordan Farmar and contrary to what Cartman told Kyle, Jews can play basketball. Observant ones just can’t play on Shabbat. And that is causing a problem for some boys in Colorado.

DENVER—State senators have taken up the cause of a Jewish boys basketball team whose playoff run may be halted because its players can’t play on the Jewish Sabbath.

The Herzl/Rocky Mountain Hebrew Academy team could be headed for a regional championship on Saturday, March 8, if it wins one more game. But the Denver team’s religious beliefs prohibit students from playing on the Jewish Sabbath between sundown Friday and sundown Saturday.

If Herzl/RMHA makes it to the regional championship and refuses to play a Saturday game, another school would be chosen to take its place, CHSAA commissioner Bill Reader said.

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Sen. Tom Wiens, R-Sedalia, said there must be a way for the CHSAA to accommodate the team.

“It just seems like the bureaucracy has run amok here,” Wiens said.

Hat tip to my wife for sending this story, which is a fairly familiar one.

(Image: UCLA Jersey)

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