Maccabi Haifa will take off already tomorrow (Monday) for its away game in Turin against Juventus.
The fact that the game will take place at the end of Yom Kippur puts the champion in a situation it has never been in before, but the club tried to solve all the religious issues before the game.
First, a cantor will be flown in with the players to conduct the prayer at the hotel in Turin.
At the same time, the Chabad House provided the group with Torah books, siddurim, and everything necessary to conduct the Yom Kippur prayers as per the law.
Most of the Jewish players are not expected to start in the lineup, with Neta Lavi, Omer Atzili, Rami Gershon, Dolev Haziza, Maor Levy and Din David fully fasting.
In general, players are given full religious freedom to choose how they will behave on Yom Kippur in Italy.
The rest of the players who are not fasting, will proceed normally as before every game.
The group's nutritionist prepared a special menu for the beginning and end of the fast that includes amounts of liquids and salts.
The thing is, about an hour and a half before the opening whistle, Yom Kippur in Turin will start.
Therefore, Maccabi Haifa sent a request to UEFA to arrive 20 minutes late to the stadium in order to allow the players to travel and eat as much as possible before a game of such high physical intensity. Chef Boris Paukman flew with the team (formerly the head chef of Berashit Hotel and now the chef of Maccabi Haifa) , comes together with a sous chef from Israel.
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