Tevye would start by saying, “As the Good Book says,” if someone asked him who would win Super Bowl LVII on Sunday night.
The well-known Jewish dairyman may have a point. The day after Yitro (Jethro), the weekly Torah portion is read in synagogues, the Kansas City Chiefs will take the field against the Philadelphia Eagles.
NBC10’s Matt DeLucia was informed by Eli Freedman of Rodeph Shalom (Reform) in Philadelphia that “Chiefs” and “Eagles” appear in this week’s parsha. Do the ancient writings, therefore, have anything to say about the result? NBC queries.
Freedman, whose congregation was established in 1795, points NBC to Exodus 18, which contains several variations of the Hebrew term sar, typically translated as “officer,” but which Freedman translates as “commander.”
The two images, eagles and chiefs, are only present in this passage of the Torah, according to him. Eagle-eyed listeners will catch him speaking a word incorrectly toward the end of the verse.
According to the chapters, the rabbi predicts that the hometown team will win 19–18.
Like reading the kosher tea leaves, perhaps? Sure. But Freedman noted that the Torah chapter declared, “Have no fear of the giants, for they are our prey,” the weekend before the Eagles thrashed the New York Giants in the divisional round.