Ed Koch, New York’s most colorful mayor (1978-89), was always a step ahead of his admirers. When Koch was recovering from a stroke in 1987, Rabbi Arthur Schneier of Park East Synagogue came to see how he’s doin’.
“Say this Hebrew prayer after me,” the rabbi said.
Later came John Cardinal O’Connor. “Ed, if you like, I will pray for you in Hebrew.”
“Reverend,” Koch said, “I took care of the Hebrew. Can you say something in Latin?”