Monday, December 05, 2022

“Rabbi, please pray for the New York Jets,” a fan asked Rabbi Yitzchok Lerman as he passed by the Sukkah Mobile parked in front of MetLife stadium. “We lost the past four games, and can really use your prayers.”

Rabbi Yitzchok and Bina Lerman are the Rabbi and Rebbetzin of Congregation Beth El in Rutherford, NJ, and were recently appointed as the Chabad representatives to South Bergen County, NJ.

A month before Rosh Hashanah, Rabbi Lerman and congregant Myron Timinsky were speaking about Sukkot, and how this year there would be a game at MetLife stadium, the NY Jets vs the Baltimore Ravens, on Hoshana Rabbah. “There are many Jewish people attending the game, and I’m sure they would appreciate having a Sukkah nearby and the opportunity to shake the lulav and the esrog” said Rabbi Lerman.

Rabbi Lerman reached out to the stadium, received a warm response and was issued a parking permit. He, Myron and the shul’s president, Larry Goldberg, got to work.

On the morning of Hoshana Rabbah, Rabbi Lerman, Shmuel and Yosef Dubinsky from Passaic and a few community members assembled their Sukkah on the top of a pickup truck, and went to MetLife stadium where they were well received by many fans from across the Jewish spectrum. They shook the lulav and etrog with dozens of people, and are considering making it an annual event.

Oh, and the NY Jets won the game.

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