Posted: 11:00 am Friday, August 29th, 2014

Cantor’s magic tallis has cure to Braves’ problems 

By Jeff Schultz

Cantor Bruce Braves Tallit

Cantor Bruce Rockman of B’nai Tikvah in New Jersey has the answer to all of the Braves’ problems (one day a week).

This has been a Braves’ season in which not nearly enough has gone right, but there’s a cantor in New Jersey who apparently has the answer to all of their problems. At least one night a week.

“The Braves are 10-0 when I wear it,” cantor Bruce Rockman of Congregation B’nai Tikvah in North Brunswick, N.J., said. “But we’re taking a big risk by making this public.”

To the Old Testament miracles of locusts, boils and the parting of the Red Sea, we add: The Undefeated Tallis.

Rockman has a unique, Braves-inspired prayer shawl he wears in services on Friday nights, the beginning of the Sabbath. It’s white with blue and red trim and adorned with Braves logos.

You know what’s coming, right? File this under the Jewish spiritual version of, “They only win when I wear my lucky socks and sit in that chair with my legs crossed”: The Braves are 10-0 on Friday nights when Rockman, a long-time Braves’ fan, wears that tallis.

Let’s see Superman’s cape do that.

I wasn’t going to ask him for documentation because — come on, me, question a cantor?

To what does Rockman attribute the “magic”?

“I leave that up to God,” he said. “A tallis represents prayer and we just hope that God notices. I think God has more important things to do than worry about the Braves. But maybe if we do mitzvahs (deeds), He might do us a favor.”

B.J. Upton. Now that would be a favor.

Rabbi Robert Wolkoff & Cantor Bruce Rockman

Rabbi Robert Wolkoff (left) and cantor Bruce Rockman hold up the “miracle” shawl (which is 10-0 on Fridays).

Rockman, who attended the Braves’ win over the Mets in New York Wednesday, plans to wear the tallis when the Braves open a homestand tonight against Miami.

Worth noting: If you broke down the Braves’ results by days of the week, Friday is easily their most successful day: Monday 7-8, Tuesday 8-12, Wednesday 9-12, Thursday 5-9, Friday 16-5, Saturday 12-10, Sunday 13-8.

Rockman joked he only wears the tallis when his friend, Gary Wesalo, another Braves’ fan, feels the team needs some otherworldly boost. Neither are from Atlanta. But Rockman’s father “hated the Yankees,” and the son has some vague recollection of liking to play “Cowboys and Indians” as a youth, so he pulled for the Milwaukee Braves in the 1957 World Series. Wesalo’s father was a Boston Braves fan.

Rockman’s wife had the Braves’ tallis specially made for him 10 years ago for his 50th birthday. “I wear it periodically,” he said.

But this is the first season when the shawl seems to have transformed the Braves into, well, Chosen Ones.

There’s really only one problem: The Braves play six or seven days a week.

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27 comments
BobbyDawg
BobbyDawg

Mr.Shultz--- What's your take on Fredi going away and a new manager coming on? I'd like to see Bobby Cox come back and straighten things out.

BradleyBreeze
BradleyBreeze

Maybe he can give Gonzalez a wand too.................so he can make BJ disappear!

John236
John236

Great post, we need all the help we can get.

TreeRollins
TreeRollins

Try firing Frank Wren - it might not work but I'd start coming to the games again!

HotDawg
HotDawg

Try a Priest and an exorcism.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Just bring back Chief Noc-A-Homa

HotDawg
HotDawg

He's only felt the team has needed a boost just 10 times this season?

He hasn't payed a lot of attention, if that's the case.

Where do you find these people,Jeff?

Or do they find you?

HotDawg
HotDawg

Where was he during that last losing streak?

BooBooBear
BooBooBear

The last thing the Braves need is for YAHWEH to strike Freedie Freeman with a bolt of lightening because some Pentecostal preachers for the Washington Nationals are wearing their logos on their two-tone suits.  Best leave religion out of sports, Jeff "Tebowing" Schultz.

9awebb
9awebb

Wow! Don't even believe THE MAN can help us win. Tough crowd! 

DrPhill
DrPhill

Since Jeff indicated magic was involved, I suggest we have a magician saw BJ in half or just make him disappear. David Copperfield could do that to a sellout crowd at a home. I'd be there.

58Supersports
58Supersports

It will take more than charm  and luck.. someone that can hit and 150 less strike-outs would do...Wren needs to be fired asp.

BobJ27284
BobJ27284

Reminds me of the Friar that used to hop on the Braves' dugout back in the day.  I wonder whatever happened to that guy?


Mr. Negative
Mr. Negative

This guy better double up on his ritual, because Atlanta sports has more demons, haints and poltergeists hovering around it than Congo Square and Amityville House combined.

GTQBdefender
GTQBdefender

That is not the good luck charm. My neighbors children are. I have the 20 game Tuesday/Friday  and when I take them on Fridays, we are undefeated. Seems to me, the Braves should send me some free tickets if they want to make sure they make the playoffs for the other days of the week when they have problems. 

PortoBello
PortoBello

That's a coincidence because BJ Upton is a Cantor, also.  As in he CAN'T hit OR field

JackClemens
JackClemens

Thanks Bruce for helping your team -- and thereby fellow fans -- out.

AnsweredTHIS
AnsweredTHIS

Please please do a mitzvah for BJ. PLEASE, Schultz ask to borrow the shawl! Come on man do your part! Bring the shawl to the game and hang around BJ for an hour or so! Do your PART man! 


:)

ChopChamps95
ChopChamps95

@TreeRollins  As much as you whine in every one of your posts, its shocking you ever went to games to begin with.

58Supersports
58Supersports

@BooBooBear  That would really make the liberals happy...they want to leave God out of everything. How many players do  you see after a hit or good play look to the sky ( heaven) and point or cross their chest.... in dugout praying for a hit etc.  Some one gets hurt people all over the park praying for player...  God is every where you can't remove him. " I'll be with you always" he said...Go Braves!

God don't take sides in  sports because they're believers on both sides. Just thank him for your ability to play and enjoy.

9awebb
9awebb

@BooBooBear Well said BBB. Besides, if God were a baseball fan we would have beat the Yankees in '96. I still struggle with that series. 

58Supersports
58Supersports

@BobJ27284  Died from old age waiting on Braves to win more than one play-off and done

and  make WS......Fire Wren!

HaroldPIppus
HaroldPIppus

@9awebb @BooBooBear if mark wohlers had thrown one more fastball to leritz not even gOD could have helped the yanks i think thats why b mack ended up there !!