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May I attend a Super Bowl party run by their office or school? Assume there will be all types of alcohols available, and Kosher food.

Also, if I'm allowed, what are the ground laws while attending this party? Are there any special regulations during the party, e.g. alcohol-related ground laws?

(Of course CYLOR.)

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Do you have any reason to think that there are halachic issues? Any reason to think that they pertain to Super Bowl parties particularly? –  Isaac Moses Feb 2 '12 at 4:03
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I recommend the ideas of Hukot HaGoyim, Moshav Letzim, and Bitul Torah. –  Hacham Gabriel Feb 2 '12 at 4:31
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The halacha according to the Shulchan Aruch is that one may not drink beer in a place of non-Jews (such as in their houses or stores) since doing so may bring to chasnus Y.D. 114:1 –  simchastorah Feb 2 '12 at 4:44
    
and what if it was done illegally? slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/recycled/2010/02/… –  Menachem Feb 2 '12 at 4:49
    
wow that is rally strange I think alot of ppl ignore the law –  simchastorah Feb 2 '12 at 4:54

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May a Jew watch sports at all?

It's a fine line.

See this article, which talks about the fine line between recreation / relaxation time (permitted) and wasting time (forbidden). It specifically mentions watching the Super Bowl.

May a Jew drink alcohol with non-Jews?

The halacha according to the Shulchan Aruch is that one may not drink beer in a place of non-Jews (such as in their houses or stores) since doing so may bring to chasnus (intermarriage). However, this is only if one is drinking for a long time, but if he makes it quick and is not accustomed to do doing it, then it is permitted. A place of goyim means a bar where they consume these drinks, but a store which is not meant to sit down is not included in this halacha. The Rema says that the custom is to permit beer made from honey or grain.

(excerpted from here )

So, if you think that you need a Superbowl Party's worth of time for recreation, you can go watch the game. If you hold by the Rema, you can even have a beer or two.

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When the Rama says "grain" he's pretty clearly referring to wheat not barley. –  Double AA Nov 10 '13 at 0:43

From what I understand, football is a very distant descendant of the Roman gladitorial games in terms of its popularity and regard by the public, especially since injuries are quite common and occasionally even inflicted upon a player for strategic reasons. If I remember correctly, a Jew may not be a spectator at any blood sport, either at the Collisseum (then) or the Super Bowl (modern equivalent). You therefore shouldn't attend, if only because your "choseness", that is, "separateness" from the rest of the world, would be under threat :)

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