CHERRY HILL, N.J. (CBS) — It’s been said football fanaticism can nearly be like a religion. That doesn’t get more literal than at Temple Beth Sholom in Cherry Hill.
The house of worship typically stands as one, but when it comes to one specific rivalry, it’s a house divided.READ MORE: 2 Wilmington Police Officers Responding To Deadly Triple Shooting Involved In 3-Car Crash
“The friendship is still on but the Eagles better win,” joked Assistant Rabbi Bryan Wexler, a dedicated Eagles fan.
Across the hall from his office, his colleague, Head Rabbi Micah Peltz, is perhaps the sole Minnesota Vikings fan in the building.
“You know, I feel like a stranger in a strange land this week,” Peltz said.
But Peltz, who was born and raised in Minnesota, says he has textual support for his team.READ MORE: Open For Business: Pat's Music Shop In Mayfair Still Soothing The Soul In Good Times And Bad
“I find a verse from the prophet Jeremiah that they were defeated by people by the North, so I’m taking that as a good sign,” he said.
Although, there are counter-prayers at work too, Wexler says.
“I just want to throw out every prayer we can for the Eagles,” he said. “Super Bowl week, we’ll read a verse in Exodus that says, ‘God bore us on eagle’s wings,’ and that must mean God is an Eagles fan.”
He adds the friendly rivalry has been a fun addition to the workday.
“There’s lots of jokes and teasing,” Wexler said.MORE NEWS: Morgan Braxton's Stepmother 'Knew Something Was Wrong' Before She Was Allegedly Murdered By Boyfriend Byron McDonald II
The two friends say they’ll be watching the NFC Championship Game separately this weekend. Kickoff is at 6:40 p.m.