The old Yankee Stadium and the Montreal Forum were called “Cathedrals” for their respective sports. But a former house of worship in South Bend, Indiana puts the whole relationship between religion and sport in a different context.
The New York Times reports on the community’s oldest synagogue building that not too long ago underwent a $1 million restoration. The building, to the relief of many, was salvaged from disrepair and possible demolition. But some people here are not sure what to make of the results – a souvenir store for South Bend’s minor league baseball club.Inside one doorway, the words of Exodus 25:8 curl in illuminated script across a cream-hued wall: “Make for me a sanctuary,” the verse reads, “and I will dwell in their midst.” Outside, a sign above the entrance denotes what this 114-year-old sanctuary has been renamed: the Cubs Den.An intrersting and thought-provoking story. Check out the accompanying slide show as well.
Photo Credits: Elkhart Truth; NPSShare