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Entire League Protests Referee Demanding Yarmulka be Removed

Motti Avraham, a 15-year-old talented athlete, was instructed by a referee to remove his yarmulka during a competitive municipal soccer league in Quebec, Canada. The reaction of players and the coaches was heartwarming. Full Story

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a classmate
September 25, 2021 8:00 pm

a big kiddush hashem

Safety Issue
Reply to  a classmate
September 26, 2021 11:40 pm

My son plays competitive soccer. The real issue is not the Kippa but the clips that hold them into place. There was only one match where the ref told him he could not play with a kippa (because of the clips). I suggested alternatives but boys will be boys.

Motti Avraham
September 25, 2021 8:23 pm

Thank you guys for sharing my story 👏🙌

Soccer protest
Reply to  Motti Avraham
September 25, 2021 9:20 pm

I mean just wear a cap and that is it. He does not want you to wear the kippa because if it falls down its a safety hazard

Reply to  Soccer protest
September 26, 2021 2:23 am

That would work if the referee explained it this way to him.
From the story it’s apparent that this was not the case and for that you must stand up for yourself.
Giving in and using a cap would be a cowardly act towards Yiddishkite

Reply to  Soccer protest
September 26, 2021 2:25 am

You seriously think that a yarmulke falling off someone’s head to the ground would be a “safety hazard”? LOL. No, it wouldn’t present a safety hazard, and if you had read the article correctly, it said regulations would allow a sports bandana OVER the kippah anyway. So no chance of it falling. With all the antisemitism about these days, I am proud of this young man for being strong and taking a stand!!!

soccer support
Reply to  Soccer protest
September 26, 2021 9:38 am

your able to wear a big yarmulka which wont fall off and in fact i do think this was an act of anti semitism.

Not true
Reply to  Soccer protest
September 26, 2021 10:43 am

Can you name one time ever where there was an injury due to a kippah?

Reply to  Soccer protest
September 26, 2021 10:56 am

Then the ref should have said that’s the reason. But since the ref refused and said “I don’t have to tell you” this indicates are more nefarious motive. Adults who are rational don’t act that way.

Motti Avraham
Reply to  Soccer protest
September 26, 2021 1:13 pm

Don’t worry they changed the rules and a kippa is now allowed

Reply to  Motti Avraham
September 26, 2021 6:26 pm

I am glad that you have so much pride and strength at 15. Hashem watched over you. Be well and enjoy the game. You are a star, li life!!

You have set the standard and educated some folks along the way. Good luck.

Craig Goldstein
Reply to  Motti Avraham
September 28, 2021 6:43 pm

Proud of you Motti!

Reply to  Soccer protest
September 26, 2021 11:16 pm

Have you ever heard of bobby pins? I wear them when I play and my yarmulka never falls off

Uhh, no... Nice try.
Reply to  Soccer protest
October 5, 2021 1:55 pm

That’s the concern of the coach, not the ref. The context was clearly made to be for no other reason but the ref’s own, not to share and justify any concern, but that he simply didn’t *want* this player to wear the yarmulka. A cap would be at least as much of a hazard, if not more, since it’s larger and not clipped in any way.

My son z"l played with kippa too
Reply to  Motti Avraham
September 26, 2021 12:32 am

My son passed away last year
He was proud to had his kipa
I m making a documentary
I would love to send the kippa ee did in his name
We created an academy shomer shabat

Motti Avraham
Reply to  My son z"l played with kippa too
September 26, 2021 1:15 pm

Wow that’s amazing

Motti Avraham
Reply to  My son z"l played with kippa too
September 26, 2021 1:21 pm

Wow very nice can you just write the second two lines again I couldn’t understand

Baruch Dayan Emet
Reply to  My son z"l played with kippa too
September 27, 2021 2:36 am

We are so very sorry for your loss….
It sounds like you are putting positivity into the world to memorialise his Life – may it spread good feelings, set a standard of good behaviour to others, and BH bring you at least a small measure of comfort. May his dear neshama be blessed with many aliyot.

Role Model
Reply to  Motti Avraham
November 10, 2021 12:42 pm

Motti – you rock. I’m a rebbe in the US, and I want to share your story with my students. How can I contact you directly?
Rabbi Grun

Kol Hakavod!
September 25, 2021 8:27 pm

Very proud of you Motti

September 25, 2021 8:27 pm

What a Kiddush Hashem, and what decency on the part of the other players and coaches!

September 25, 2021 8:36 pm

Wow! That is so cool.

September 25, 2021 8:56 pm


September 25, 2021 9:18 pm

Thanks for standing up.hashem WILL bless you.

Go Motti!
September 25, 2021 9:32 pm

Motti!!! You and all of the people supporting you are blessed with wisdom!

September 25, 2021 9:42 pm

Very inspiring that they all supported MottI. Very impressed.

This is awesome
September 25, 2021 9:50 pm

Kol Hakavod! It gives Chizuk to those reading this who may be in a similar position down the line.

proof of the Rebbe's words
September 25, 2021 10:18 pm

As the Rebbe said ,this is a proof that the WORLD-including gentiles – is ready for Moshiach !

Way to go Motti!!
September 25, 2021 10:21 pm

Im so moved by this story! Such courage to stand up for being a yid!!
Love what you told the referee on the way out: “cant take my G-d”
Your are an inspiration!

proof of the Rebbe's words
September 25, 2021 10:23 pm

As the Rebbe said The whole world -not only Yidden- is really ready for Moshiach,and to acknowledge the presence of Hashem

True chosid
September 25, 2021 10:53 pm

As a Montreal I’m so so proud of him.Keep up the great work.

September 25, 2021 11:12 pm

By a 15 year old role model… to be a proud Jew! I will try and make changes
Ty motti

September 26, 2021 12:44 am

That is an amazing story besides the amazingness of the kid not taking off his kippa but also how the non jewish coaches reacted- Even the other team!

September 26, 2021 12:54 am

What a well raised young man he is.

Amazing bh!!!
September 26, 2021 12:59 am

Truly so much to learn and appreciate from this young man..more than one lesson for sure!!
Montreal is very blessed to have the Avraham family in our community!! Bh!

Go Motti!
September 26, 2021 1:02 am

What a great story
What a great spirit!
Keep shining, Motti!

Very proud keep it up
September 26, 2021 2:51 am

It’s a big deal because Quebec is usually not so friendly to the Jews
Very proud of u and when they see were strong they support us
Ur a true inspiration

So inspiring!
September 26, 2021 4:40 am

What a tremendous Kiddush Hashem!!

That's a wonderful story, but...
September 26, 2021 6:58 am

There’s no way to pasteurize this just because players and coaches all did the right thing.

It’s still a game in which players hit the ball with their heads!!!

Wearing a kipa
September 26, 2021 9:13 am

I played basketball with classmates with a kipa,i was injured in the game by the bobby pin that holds the kipa.

Kol hakavod!
September 26, 2021 9:38 am

Such a kiddush hashem. Thanx for sharing

A Montrealer
September 26, 2021 9:59 am

What a Kiddush Hashem u made!!
Blessed are ur parents who raised u!!
וראו כל עמי הארץ…….

Reply to  A Montrealer
September 26, 2021 12:18 pm

What an inspiration that Motti respectfully stood his ground.
A true קידוש השם!

His parents should continue to have much nachas!!

September 26, 2021 12:16 pm

So proud to call you my brother in law!!!

September 26, 2021 1:25 pm

This is a great story. Only thing I would’ve done differently is I don’t think it was necessary to the rude to the referee at the end. דרכיה דרכי נועם.

That’s not being rude
Reply to  Qqq
September 26, 2021 3:51 pm

That’s showing him that a Jew won’t be cowed. Learn the difference. דרכי נועם doesn’t mean to be a doormat, or a “Mah Yofis Yid.”

Natalie Windsor
September 26, 2021 1:25 pm

I am proud of Motti, of his team, and of the other team as well! I hope whatever group oversees the referees knows about his senseless hatred and attempted abuse of power.

Lt. Birnbaum
September 26, 2021 1:37 pm

In his autobiography about being drafted to the US army during WW2, he had an amazing Yarmulka story. His supervisor, or whoever outranked him, was replaced by someone else, who turned out to be an anti-Semite, but a shrewd one. Anyway, things proceeded as normal, until one day, Lt. Birnbaum was in some kind of building, where covering your head would be an issue. The supervisor asked him about the rule that prohibits head coverings in certain places. Lt. Birnbaum told him, quoting the source in the rule book, about this being prohibited. AHA! The supervisor retorted angrily. “So you… Read more »

Reply to  Lt. Birnbaum
September 26, 2021 2:04 pm

The father of my nephew . A family that stand up and is proud to be Jewish.

wow!! Kol Hakavod
September 26, 2021 4:00 pm

I am reading this article for my 10th time and shared it in a few groups.
I am so inspired by the pride and resilience
This is extremely heartwarming
a real dugma chaya and kiddush Hashem!!
May all yiddishe children grow up with such pride and courage

September 26, 2021 7:49 pm

That ref needs to take a course in humanity.

September 26, 2021 11:14 pm

Motti, you are inspiration to all. Keep on wearing your religion with pride.

September 27, 2021 11:03 am

Motti You’re a Jew and you’re proud and you said it out loud. Hashem is always watching over you.kol hakavod

With Honor and Respect
September 28, 2021 9:53 pm

So proud! Remember who you are, what you are and carry your name with honor! Such great support from the coaches and their teams. There is hope!

Thank you Motti! You made us all proud!

Wow Motti!
September 29, 2021 9:37 pm

What a story motti!

Amazing coaches!
September 30, 2021 9:12 pm

I’m so impressed with the coach! What’s his name?

Chazak u'Baruch
November 14, 2021 3:10 pm

To Motti Avraham, Chazak u’Baruch! (May you be strong, and may you be blessed)
To his coach, and the coach from the opposing team. To all the players.
Continue to be a guiding light.