“Congratulations to the Yankees on a well-purchased victory,” writes Dan Gerstein, a political consultant, on his Facebook status.
Within 24 hours this week, the highest spending politician in the world and the top-spending sports franchise both celebrated victories. Yet neither can claim a blow-out. Mike Bloomberg walked away with a 5 percent margin over an opponent who sent a tenth as much, losing some 200,000 of his 2005 supporters.
As of this writing, the race for Nassau County executive is too close to call.
But seriously, who really cares? All the action is in New York City, where I spent an even four decades of my life, and where, for the first time since 1985, I was not able to cast a vote for mayor yesterday.
If mankind is truly made in the image of God, I like to think that the Creator enjoys some of the same pleasures we do.
Maybe that’s why He arranged for a World Series this year uninterrupted by Shabbat or Yom Tovim, which is not always a given.
I’ll leave it up to wiser minds than mine to explore the history of Jews and baseball or delve into the more spiritual meanings of the Yankees’ return to the Fall Classic after a long drought and their being on the verge of championship number 27.
I just finished Andrew Kirtzman’s excellent book, “Betrayal: The Life And Lies of Bernie Madoff,” which traces the evolution of an ambitious kid who started a lawn-sprinkler business into the man who would steal billions and wreck thousands of lives.
As I sit in my Manhattan office and write this, my two teenagers are spending part of their isru chag day off from school dismantling the sukkah and returning it to long-term shed storage. I resist the urge to micromanage by calling them up to advise how to angle the metal poles to fit diagonally in the shed.
The deadline for nominations for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize was Feb. 2.
That’s about 12 days into the Obama Administration. So it would be hard to argue that those who intended for President Barack Obama to win were judging him by his accomplishments, unless you consider his election itself through a highly skilled campaign a contribution to world peace.