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rabbi 05 smallsf badge lgRabbi Joel Landau  (rabbi@adathisraelsf.org) has been the Rabbi of Adath Israel since May 2013. He was ordained by the Chief Rabbinate in Jerusalem and has served previously as a congregational Rabbi in Charleston, South Carolina and Irvine, California. A full biography of Rabbi Landau is available here.


I’ve always been a moderate fan of sports – mainly baseball, basketball and football. What does being a “moderate fan of sports” mean? I really don’t care about sports all that much, but I enjoy watching an occasional game. Sometimes there are specific players whose mastery of their craft is so outstanding its highly entertaining seeing them preform, such as our very own Steph Curry who can successfully shoot baskets from almost anywhere on the court. When it comes to football, I’ve long been a fan of Tom Brady, who this past Sunday won an unprecedented seventh Super Bowl ring. As I was watching the game, I began to wonder how I could convert the game (or something about it) into a meaning full Jewish context. Well, luckily for me an old friend of mine R. Tzvi Nightingale from Miami did just that. The day after the Super Bowl he came up with four Torah lessons that can be learned from Tom Brady.