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Orthodox Melbourne Jews caught in Aussie Rules grand final limbo

TJI Pick
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Published: 26 September 2019

Last updated: 4 March 2024

When the final siren sounds on the AFL grand final on Saturday afternoon, there will be at least one group of footy fans still left wondering about the result

THE DIEHARD TIGERS FANS among Melbourne's Orthodox Jewish community will be strictly observing the Sabbath, which prohibits them from attending the match or watching on TV.

Checking the score via a phone or radio is also forbidden from sundown Friday until Saturday evening.

FULL STORY Yellow-and-black Sabbath: Orthodox Jews in grand final lockdown until sun sets (The Age)

Photo: Richmond supporters David Werdiger (right) with sons Ari, 25, and Rafi, 11, at home in Caulfield North (Luis Enrique Ascui)

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