MAROUBRA Synagogue’s Rabbi Yossi Friedman (left) will be praying for the South Sydney Rabbitohs to prevail in this Sunday’s NRL Grand Final.
“They really deserve this win,” he told The AJN.
“They have a number of players who are going out now and so it will be great to honour them. And very importantly, they have a great culture – supporting underprivileged communities, going into schools and doing really good work in the community.
“So it would be great to see them win.”
Rabbi Friedman faces disagreement however from The AJN’s sports editor Shane Desiatnik (right).
A diehard Penrith fan since 1989 when his teacher at Masada College, Andrew Simons, was their winger – he is confident the Panthers can win.
“After the heartbreak of finishing runners-up last year, I think every Panthers player will be extra determined and motivated to rise above the Rabbitohs, and finally hold up the treasured trophy for the first time in 18 years,” he said.
“If they can do it, you will be able to hear Panthers fans cheering all the way from the foot of the Mountains!”
The Rabbitohs last tasted premiership success in 2014 while the Panthers’ last Grand Final win came on Kol Nidrei eve in 2003.