Game Theory It’s elemental to want to go straight out to capture the flag, go in for a kill, or pray for a grand slam home run. Why not make a beeline for the brass ring of a game win or the holy grail of a World Series title. Judaism instructs people to elevate their […]Read more "Game Theory; Happy Birthday, Mickey Callaway"
If you’re reading this, and your July 4 celebrations include thoughts of Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness or endowed by their Creator thoughts of baseball are not far behind. As a uniquely American sport for many years, baseball moved the liberty ball and the American way forward by opening up the landscape of […]Read more "The U.S. & Its Pastime: Liberty Bell, Liberty Ball"
Someone taught Danny Saunders to hit a ball, run the bases, and come home. Chaim Potok‘s adolescent character in The Chosen emerges from a culture steeped in tradition, education, learning and study. While his family’s primary focus may have been the Torah and the Talmud, someone took responsibility for extending Danny’s learning to the ball […]Read more "Down By The Shul Yard"
About 40 years ago, I went to see a film in a cinema with my future husband, Todd. We were all of 22. Remarkably, he could predict the next lines in the script for many of the characters. Sitting in the dark, he’d lean over and whisper them to me, before the words passed the […]Read more "Major Themes & Big Pictures"
In The Jungle Book, Kipling introduces ‘jungle boy’ Mowgli and immediately presents his young readers with distinctions of humankind versus the remainder of the animal kingdom: a keen, specialized eyesight and the opposable thumb are two. Further, and discussed beautifully in Power, by Robert Greene, is man’s ability to use social power in concert with his […]Read more "Father, Son & Holy Smoke"
From Ur-Nammu to Homer to Robert Fulghum to J.K. Rowling, authors have done best when they understand their audiences. How are you doing today? Is your 2017 Mets season glass half full, or half empty? Take a Pray4Mets survey of emotional well-being by clicking HERE. This week, I’m intoning for management wisdom. Send your thoughts, […]Read more "Being A Mets Fan Is _____________"
Who knew that the MIT professor responsible for econometric studies of modern politics and health care reform would show up in Pray4Mets, justifying the coming together of baseball fans? Being a Mets fan is akin to being part of a spiritual community. There are shared values, traditions, rites. There are hymns. There’s a shrine, and a place of […]Read more "Give Me That Baseball Religion"