Converting for Sport
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Converting for Sport

O’Brien loved to play golf and would usually play alone and get paired up with any group that needed a fourth. One day he went to his favorite course and the pro says, "I'm sorry O’Brien, but the only group I can put you with is one with three Hassidic rabbis."

O’Brien says, "That's fine with me."

He joins the group and tees off. His shoots it about 200 yards out and off to the right rough. Reb Moshe tees off 300 yards straight out into the middle of the fairway. Reb Yitzchak's shot is about 290 and Reb Yaacov's is 300, but slightly off center.

O’Brien has trouble getting out of the rough and four-putts, while the rabbis' approach shots are right on the pin, and each two-putts for par.

The rest of the round is the same, with the rabbis’ scores all under par, while O’Brien can’t break 100. He says to them, "You guys must play and practice all the time."

Reb Yitzchak says, "No, we study all the time and only play once a week. But, on our Sabbath, while we are in shul, we say a prayer asking God to give us one good round of golf each week."

O’Brien is so impressed that he goes home and tells his wife that they are converting immediately. They study, convert, join a shul, and go to services every Shabbat.

About a year later, O’Brien runs into the threesome of rabbis at the same course and they invite him to play with them.

The game is exactly like last year's -- O’Brien is doing nothing right, and the three rabbis are perfect.

At the end, O’Brien says to the rabbis, "I don't understand it. I converted, I joined a shul, and I go to Shabbat services every week."

Rabbi Moshe says, "You joined a shul? Which one?"

O’Brien says, "Beth Shalom."

Rabbi Moshe says, "That’s your problem! What self-respecting Jew would step foot in Beth Sholom?”

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