Thursday, June 30, 2022

I enjoyed reading your article on Ryan Turell ("Pesach in Portsmouth: Turell’s Team Takes Title", May 4, 2022). I had the great pleasure of teaching Ryan at Yeshiva University and he is an outstanding young man. He is not only humble, but he is also always generous with his time and is beloved by all that know him. I would like to clarify that I was not consulted regarding playing basketball on Shabbos nor did I give any psak regarding playing basketball on Shabbos. Shabbos was given to us as a gift from Hashem and we need to cherish it and teach our children to do the same. Our sages teach us that the week begins with Shabbos and bestows blessing upon the rest of the week. May we merit to continue to appreciate Shabbos and all its brachos. Have a wonderful Shabbos.

Rabbi Aharon Ciment
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