Monday, 10 September 2012

New Project: leaping forth from the Bashan

"Of Dan he said: Dan is a lion cub, leaping forth from the Bashan" (Deuteronomy 33:20)

The new NFL season  has started. I'll be supporting the Detroit Lions again. This year's lion inspired verse from scripture is mentioned above.

The Hebrew verse (Deut 33:22) uses the words "Gur Aryeh", meaning lion cub or young lion. The phrase sounded very familiar and a quick Google search confirmed that it is the title of a supercommentary on Rashi's Pentateuch commentary by Rabbi Jehuda Leow ben Bezalel. This being the same Rabbi who is famous in folklore for creating a Golem from clay to protect the community.

In the Artscroll Stone edition of the Tanach the comment on Deut 33:22 is as follows:

"Dan's province being on the Mediterranean coast, he was the first to encounter sea-borne maruaders."

I interpret this to mean that teams whose names are in some way related to sea borne raiders will be a threat to the Lions this season.

Anyway, rather than post about my preparations every week there will only be occasional updates on boosting the Lions performance. Having experimented with several different techniques last year in "A Lion has Roared" project, one Divine in particular has been very effective in getting results. That is the one that I will be using before every match.

One side effect though is that whilst using this Divine name is slightly over the top, in a similar way that using a wrecking ball to open a nut is over the top. It does give me a thumping headache a day or two afterwards, particularly when I am out of practice with meditation in general.

Game result:
Sun, 09/09 at 1:00 PM EDT
St. Louis Rams vs Detroit Lions
Home: Ford Field
Win: 27 - 23