Thursday, April 27, 2006

Maccabi Tel Aviv Keeps Shabbat



But what if it goes into overtime?

Arutz-7 reports:

Maccabi Tel Aviv Keeps Shabbat
00:39 Apr 27, '06 / 29 Nisan 5766

(IsraelNN.com) In order to prevent mass Sabbath violation on the part of fans of Maccabi Tel Aviv, Israel's representative in the European Basketball League's Final Four, the team's coach Pini Gershon asked that the league allow an early game start on Friday. The Euroleague directors acceded to the request and Maccabi's first game, against Tau Vittoria, is planned to end before the start of Shabbat in Israel this Friday.

The game was originally meant to get underway a mere seven minutes before the start of the Sabbath here in Israel this Friday; however, the game will now begin much earlier. Coach Gershon's request was made solely for the sake of fans watching the game in Israel, as the entire game was to conclude before the start of Shabbat in Prague.

The Maccabi players left for Prague Wednesday morning.

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