Kippur Contemplations II - The NFL Referee Lockout Edition
The Packers were robbed. And that's totally fine with me.
After a series of bad calls by the unqualified scab NFL officials, the icing on the cake was the last play of the game. Seattle was down 12-7 when they had the ball in Packer territory. With 8 seconds left, Seattle threw a Ne'ila Hashem Hu Ha'Elokim pass (aka h.m.), was actually intercepted by the Packer defender before the Seahawk receiver also got one or two hands on it, and they both landed in the end zone. One official was waving his hands, while another official put his 2 hands up, signaling a touchdown. Another terrible call to end the game and give the victory to the Seattle Seahawks. Packer fans were up in arms. Being a Bear-fan (and a part-time Seahawk fan), I cannot feel bad for them though.
This mess started since there is a NFL referee lockout going on. The real officials who should be calling the game are sitting on the sidelines while the inexperienced scabs are out there doing the best they can. An NFL game deserves better, but the Seahawks took advantage when it counted.
On Yom Kippur, Hashem locks out the makatreg-extraordinaire - the prosecutor-par-excellence - the Satan. We know that the Satan has no power on Yom Kippur since Hashem does not allow him to have any power. In fact, the gematria of השטן - the Satan - is 364, showing that there is one day of the year - Yom Kippur - when he is banned from prosecuting. Without him prosecuting, we have a chance of coming out of judgement victorious.
That's what happened with the Monday Night Football game. The real NFL officials (prosecutors) were absent, so by really trying to drive the football down the field (Teshuva from love), the Seahawks turned a sure-interception (our sins) into a touchdown (merits).
May we too seize the opportunity of an absent Satan to do complete Teshuva stemming from love and turn our sins into merits, Amen.