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March 23, 2012 11:22 am

The Mitzvah of Tebow’s New York Arrival

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Tim Tebow coming to New York may be a strange experience for the G-d fearing all-star, but it should be a welcomed feeling for parents of young fans – and for Jews of all ages.  Growing up in a secular world, so many of our youth today consider celebrities their heroes, for kicking a ball, swinging a club, or throwing a touchdown – but so many of those “heroes” are, in reality, the worst role models for our kids.  Between the partying, objectification of women and other woes, shouldn’t youth (and all of us young at heart) admire people for their actions, their words, and their decency?

What Tim Tebow does is give us someone who lives his life with fear and love of God – and what can be better? An individual who is famous and wealthy – yet confident in who he is, and wants to use his platform to do good in the world. After all, he can throw a football, but he’s a G-d fearing good man.  There are more important things than winning a game and self respect and respecting others are on top of that list.

Tebow says: “What’s so amazing in today’s society is people look up to football players. And as football player, you have a platform. And it’s so much more important than any touchdown or trophy or anything you could win with football. It’s taking that platform and be able to influence people.”  He goes on to say: “When people meet me, I hope that they say this-this is a guy who, number one, loves the lord, but he also loves people and he wants to make a difference in people’s life. And he wants to help everyone he comes in contact with and he is genuine, he is real, and he cares about people. And it’s not about the scoring touchdowns, or being famous, or anything like that. But its about relationships, it’s about making a difference in people’s lives, and at the end of the day it’s about glorifying God.”

In New York, Tebow will find himself exposed to an array of religions that he may have only read about or seen on television, but what he probably is not aware of is that the Jews of this city look at his arrival with a particular excitement. Often attending professional sports games, I always notice young kids with kippot (yarmulkes) on their heads.  Seeing someone so famous, yet so openly proud of his religion should only strengthen Jewish fans (particularly the young) and allow them extra confidence in their outward pride for our religion – and love for the Lord.

What a relief a man like Tebow brings as he makes you proud to wear religion on your sleeve.  He plays the game hard, but keeps life in perspective.  His celebrity does not define him, his beliefs do.  His charity, The Tim Tebow Foundation, exists to bring faith, hope and love “to those needing a brighter day.”  And the Jewish notion of Tikkun Olam, healing the world, is something we can all cheer for.

He has a G-d given talent, and he gives the credit where it’s due.  Jews thank G-d each morning, for having made us according to his will right after we thank him for returning our souls to our bodies after a night of sleep.  We have a lot in common with the way Tebow shows his faith. Tim Tebow should be admired for being positive and showing us all, especially in a city where one can easily get lost, that faith and prayer are fundamental and nothing to be ashamed of.  He is a positive role model for all American youth, and a great person to point to and say – “that is someone I’m proud of.”

In Samson, a novel written by the late Zionist leader Ze’ev Jabotinsky, he wrote, “Tell them three things in my name, not two: Gather iron, anoint a king, and learn to laugh.”  Tebow’s proudly proclaims that his king is G-d, and he clearly has the iron in his arm.  If he doesn’t already, he should take New York by storm, smile at the skyline and just laugh at how wonderful life can be.

All of us who are young at heart should applaud his talent and cheer for his consummate faith.  You can be a great sports hero and a great person – it’s cool to be both.

Baruch Hashem (Thank G-d) that Tim Tebow is in New York.

Ronn Torossian is CEO of 5WPR, a leading NY PR firm, and author of PR Book “For Immediate Release.”

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  • Rebecca A.

    Mr. Ronn Torossian: Thank you for this. Can we take Tim Tebow as an honorary Jew and give them Peter Beinart ? Can we make a trade like that ? Tebow for Beinart ?

  • Richie Rich

    Ronn Torossian is absolutely correct. Jews shouldnt be scared of someone else who is proud of their religion its good for all of us.

  • Dick Snyder

    Take it from a Bronco fan. He’s a good guy but the Jesus stuff starts to wear on you. He should keep it to himself. There’s still the issue of what to do with a QB with a horrible throwing motion and glacial release, who needs the whole offense retooled in order to play well.

  • salvage

    Yeah, you do know that the god Tebow prays to hates Jews and will be throwing them into a lake of fire for not believing in it right?

    Oh and Tebow is overrated beyond belief and as Giants fan I’m delighted that he’ll be making the Jets suck that much more.

    • addi

      you certainly don’t know your bible. Tebow’s favorite verse John 3-16 says “G-d loved the WORLD.” Don’t see anyone excluded in that statement. As to your football knowledge, time will tell.

      • salvage

        Really? Loves the world? Funny way of showing it, that sort of “love” usually gets men arrested and women in hospitals.

        Ask Tebow about John 15-6 that says “If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned.”

        How many Jews abide in Jesus again?

        See his god works a bit like the mafia, if you don’t love or at the very least fear and respect it it will hurt you.

        • Greg

          Kind of reminds me of Joshua 1:16-18 where the men of Israel, encouraging Joshua said, (18) “Whoever rebels against your command and does not heed your words, in all that you command him, shall be put to death. Only be strong and of good courage.”

          What was it that happened to Achan?

          • salvage

            >What was it that happened to Achan?

            I have no idea but if it was in the Bible / Torah something awful no doubt.

      • salvage

        Oh and Tebow can’t throw, that’s kind of important for quarterbacks, he can run and that’s what he should be doing.

        Naturally I’ll be hoping the Jets start him, nothing wrecks a team’s moral like parachuting an unworthy media created superstar into a squad.

        GMen are going to run out of fingers to put those rings on.

  • Mal

    Thanks for that article. Anything that celebrates our likenesses as humans, rather than pointing out our differences should be applauded. We are here to do good. God Bless all…From a Christian to a Jew, Shalom.

    • salvage

      Until the Jew dies and your god throws them into Hell for not accepting Jesus as their lord and saviour.

      Jews are wrong to reject Jesus right?

    • Greg

      You know, salvage points out all the flaws in Tebow, as several sports writers have… and I’m sure there are plenty of quarterbacks in the league with better ability that didn’t take their team into the playoffs as he did with the Broncos (and honestly, I thought the Broncos kicker was shortchanged, credit wise, in a couple of those wins…) and other league players who, through their foundations, contribute to a better community, impact peoples lives for the better.

      So, I’m glad salvage’s is a minority voice in this forum, because not only is it bitter and spiteful, but extremely hypocritical… forgetting what happened to those who rose up against Moses (Numbers 16) and the 250 who offered incense…

      The ‘Giants’ can be forgiven any apparent offense, because they’re “your” team, but God forbid the bitter rivalry team does the same! Sanctions! Fines!

      I’ve never been much a fan of Tim from his days in Florida simply because it seemed like he was the entire offense, ball hog as it were… but, over the years, reading reports and seeing more of his character, it changed my perception for the better.

      • salvage

        >and honestly, I thought the Broncos kicker was shortchanged, credit wise, in a couple of those wins…

        Ah that’s the lot of an NFL kicker, when they make their points their credit is limited because that’s all they have to do on the team and when they screw up they’re the biggest of goats.

        >So, I’m glad salvage’s is a minority voice in this forum, because not only is it bitter and spiteful, but extremely hypocritical… forgetting what happened to those who rose up against Moses (Numbers 16) and the 250 who offered incense…

        Huh? What are… oh wait a second… you think I’m defending Judaism? Making Christianity to be somehow worse? No, no, it’s all a load of bullsh*t, it’s all a bunch of superstitious nonsense. There are no such things as gods and to pay them any attention is pure delusional foolishness.

        >The ‘Giants’ can be forgiven any apparent offense

        No, not all all, in fact I was raised to be Jewish and then ironies of irony I went to Israel and learned, first hand, what complete and utter insanity religion really is and the lies I was told about Israel and her modern founding.

        See religion is based on lies people tell themselves, they ignore obvious facts to preserve their delusion. I like pointing them out, in this case the idea that Christians are friends to Jews while worshipping a god that cannot wait to torture them forever and ever.

        You think the inquisitions happened in a vacuum? They understood their religion and took it to the logical conclusion; it’s better to torture people into loving Jesus while they’re alive than letting their god torture people for not loving Jesus forever and ever. If it wasn’t such insanity it’d be rather noble.

        And to be clear, should the Jews had ever been in a position of power to oppress another people they would, it’s sadly part of human nature, history makes that clear.

        Hence the current apartheid system in Israel with the Palestinians at the bottom. Ironic no? The Jews went from ghettos in Europe to their own nation complete with ghettos for their own “problem” people. How many more generations before they come up with a Final Solution, that’s what I wonder.

        >and seeing more of his character, it changed my perception for the better.

        See I don’t care about player character, all I want from them is what they do game wise, their activities off field are the problems of their family, friends and local law enforcement.

      • Greg

        I don’t understand… if playing to win is all that matters; why care about those behind the inquisition, or the political state of Israel? If morality, ethics, justice are all as man made as religion, what does it matter if someone plays the game other than to our liking?

        How do you know that your conclusion that there are no gods isn’t itself delusional foolishness? Just wondering.

        • salvage

          >if playing to win is all that matters;

          It doesn’t, playing to win within the rules is all that matters.

          >why care about those behind the inquisition, or the political state of Israel?

          Um, not sure what you mean here, care in what sense? Historically? Morally? In those cases I “care” because I am involved with mankind, it’s a “tolls for thee” kind of deal.

          >If morality, ethics, justice are all as man made as religion, what does it matter if someone plays the game other than to our liking?

          Because right is right? It’s weird that you think you need a god to “play by the rules”. The advantages to cooperation and structure in a society are self-evident, if you are confused see Somalia for an example of what happens when you don’t.

          >How do you know that your conclusion that there are no gods isn’t itself delusional foolishness?

          How do you know that your conclusion that there are no smurfs isn’t itself delusional foolishness?

          How do you know that your conclusion that there are no unicorns flying around the moon isn’t itself delusional foolishness?

          How do you know that your conclusion that Allah isn’t the only god and Mohammad isn’t his only prophet isn’t itself delusional foolishness?

          I know that there are no such things as gods because there are no such things as gods.

          And you would almost agree, see If I were to list all the gods humanity has worshipped over the last 10,000 years you’d be reading the list all night (there are at least 4,000 major gods and six times as many demigods) and checking the “doesn’t exist, never existed” box on each and every one until we got to your god. Then suddenly all the sensible reasons for rejecting the other deities would suddenly become inoperable because…?

          Gods are what humans invented to explain what invented the sun, the moon and the stars. They were ignorant savages fresh out of the caves, they didn’t have Einsteins and Hawkings to enlighten them so we can excuse their stupid delusions.

          Us modern humans with Internet access have no excuse.

          Gods are myths, myths aren’t real, it’s weird that you have trouble understanding that very obvious fact.

          • salvage

            No, no, you’re still not answering any of my points, the closest you’ve come is quoting some Biblical nonsense about your god leaping over walls.

            Once again, why is your god real and all others not?

            No, no, no football or any other references, just a straight up answer, here I’ll make it fill in the blank to get you started:

            My God is real and all the other gods are fake because_______

            It’s weird that you can’t answer what should be a very simple question for a true believer.

        • Greg

          Playing within the rules, and ‘right is right’… so if sports can penalize, fine, eject from a game, cut from a team, ban from the sport; and if society can do the same, even up to the death penalty… isn’t it wrong to blame the God of Israel in the OT and His Son in the New for doing just that?

          And isn’t it wrong to lie, slander, defame someone whether you believe they’re legitimate or not? (election year, territorial dispute, religious figure)

          Several years ago Time magazine had it’s cover page saying ‘God is Dead’; yet, Billy Graham, citing it during one of his crusades, said…. classic line, “I spoke with Him this morning and He said He was feeling just fine.” Point is, I know He’s not a myth because I asked and He answered.

          So, how do I know that it’s not some Russell Crowe, “A Beautiful Mind” delusion? God answers prayer. Walked to Israel (at His direction) from the west coast, He providing all along the way… not luxury, by any stretch. Long story, so won’t go into it here.

          Anyway, good talk. Really hope you start playing by the rules you impose on others. And when that fails, ask God for His help.

          See ya…

          • salvage

            Ah now that’s some good old fashioned denial right there, I make several points explaining why your god(s) don’t exist and you just whistle past them. Do you even see the words on your screen? Is your delusion so profound that your conscious mind won’t even acknowledge that you read them much less make an effort at comprehension?

            To be clear, I don’t “blame” any god for anything, as I have made clear, they don’t exists so it would be foolish to do so.

            It’s not slander or defamation if it’s true and it’s true, your god is as real as all the other gods that you would agree don’t exist.

            So you asked your god if it was real and it said yes? And if a Muslim asked his god if it were real? If an ancient Greek asked Zeus? See I know you think your god is real but every theist thinks their god is real so that only proves that your god is as real as the others. The others that you agree aren’t real.

            As for answered prayers, that’s called superstition and your god helps no one but to be fair it’s not real so how could it?

          • Greg

            Whistling passed? Yeah, kind of like Brian Urlacher ignoring all the other options to stop to the one with the ball.

          • salvage

            Yup or did I miss the bit where you explained why your god is real and all the thousands of other god’s are fake?

            See that’s the biggest glaring flaw in every religion, the god is never found in places where the people had never heard of that god. Why didn’t your god reveal itself to the peoples of the Americas before the arrival of Europeans?

            All those poor Natives, dying only to be thrown into He’ll for not accepting a god they never even had the chance to accept.

            You won’t answer these points of course, theists never do, part of the way you protect your delusions.

          • Greg

            I see, so you’d have rather me come through the offensive lineman, than untouched on a corner blitz to get the sack?

            “For by You I can run against a troop, by my God I can leap over a wall.” Ps 18:29

            Sorry, just playing by the rules…

          • salvage

            So by that you mean, no you have no idea why your god is real and all the other ones are fake?

            That’s okay, most theists are clueless about that sort of thing too, part of the deal I suppose.

          • Greg

            LOL.. that’s funny. Criticize the corner blitz effectively getting a sack by saying ‘Sure, because you couldn’t come up the middle.’

            Anyway, good talking to you.

          • salvage

            Aw, taking the ball and going home?

            Denial the beating heart of theism.

            It’s so odd isn’t it? Your god, the One True God, creates the cosmos and tells you to only worship it yet it creates all these other religions full of people who are just as sure as you that their god(s) are the One True God.

            I wonder why it did that? The only logical explanation us that your god is a trickster who enjoys conflict.

            Oh, no, wait, another possibility is it’s just a bunch of stuff we humans made up.

            But be sure not to think about it, thinking is the fastest way to lose your religion and oh your god! How horrible would that be? No omnipotent being who shares your cultural and political values looking out for you and when you die rewarding your devotion? Having to live your life for yourself!?!

            No, not for the weak that sort of thing.

          • Greg

            Taking the ball and going home? The only time I ever did that was when someone wouldn’t play by the rules, or changed them to suit their needs (like calling time out just before being tackled) or wanting ‘do overs’ because I didn’t do what they expected, told me to do… ‘Okay, you blitz up the middle, okay?’

            So, yeah, taking the ball and going home.

          • salvage

            Now I “changed the rules”?

            Uh huh.

            If you don’t want to answer the points about why your god created thousands of other religions that he doesn’t want people to be that’s fine, no theist ever does. I understand, the only possible answers aren’t very comforting and that’s one of the reasons why you have religion; comfort in a scary world.

            I’ve never experienced it but I can only assume going from god believing to reality would be frightening if not traumatic, like losing a parent only the terror would pass once you understood that really, you lost nothing.

            Hey, I know, ask your priest why your god made so many fake religions, bet he knows the answer!

          • Greg

            What, are we bowling now where all the pins have to be knocked down to score?

            This is a football analogy/story and in any game there are times when an offensive lineman or two go untouched during the course of the play… simply because the defense ran a play where there was no need to deal with them.

            And just because I came in on a blindside corner blitz doesn’t mean it was illegal simply because it you weren’t expecting it.

            But you say that I have to address each and every one of your points, knock down all the pins… footbowling or bowlball only, in this case, if you get three stikes in a row, you’re out… (ooh, bring baseball into it now, too! A whole new hybrid sport or Australian Rule Football… pretty close call, that one.)

            You’re ignoring what I said simply because it didn’t fit your mold of how I should’ve replied. Then, instead of acknowledging that you shift gears into what I left unsaid, ignoring the fact that I was under no obligation whatsover to answer them, only get to the heart of the problem… which is, for you right is right so long as it suits you; and playing by the rules only as long as you can make points, then you throw them out because you don’t believe them anyway.

            I’d leave you the ball, but who knows what game you’d come up with… hey… here’s a thought, set up ten pins at 1st, 2nd and 3rd, and if you can knock them down with a perfect spiral, you can advance to the base. Needs work I know, but making up rules seems up your alley (get it, bowling alley…) so I’ll leave you to it.

          • salvage

            Just answer the question, your god is real and all the other ones are fake because:

            It’s a pretty simple question and no you have not answered it or even acknowledged it, closest you’ve come is talking about your god jumping over a wall.

            C’mon, why is your god the real god and Zeus for instance a fake one?