Moscow, August 1, Interfax – Chief Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar urges believers to take footballers for a model.
Every man should live like “in a football field, to give all his energies and abilities,” he writes in his article published by the Lechaim magazine in August.
“Footballers play to kick the goal to the rival. If there is no rival, there is no football. However, life is the same! God could have created the world to make everything easy for a man, but then life would be deprived of sense,” the rabbi writes.
According to him, God created “a rival” to each man including “various obstacles we have to overcome in order to gain something.”
“Yes, it makes life much more difficult, but much more interesting! We are like footballers have to overcome “opposition of the enemy” and acquire new skills,” the article says.
Lazar also noted that a good footballer is an all-around sportsman who can play as both guard and forward.
“A team with utility players will always dominate the rival. To fulfill his mission in everyday life, a person also must know how to attack and guard,” he writes.