I recently found out that for the last 10 years, NYU president John Sexton has been teaching a course "Baseball as a Road to G!d". It's always nice to have a university president confirm something that I have sensed for the last 50 years!
I have every intention of buying his book by the same name, perhaps two, one for me and one for my baseball crazy bar mitzvah student Ben.
A few days ago I was pleasantly surprised upon opening a different book, "The Spirituality of Imperfection", to find this baseball quote:
"Baseball teaches us...how to deal with failure. We learn at an early age that failure is the norm in baseball and, precisely because we failed, we hold in high regard those who fail less often - those who hit safely in one out of three chances and become star players. I also find it fascinating that baseball, alone in sport, considers errors to be part of the game, part of its rigorous truth."
This was written by former baseball commissioner Faye Vincent, Jr. Let's call it the Torah of Baseball.
Hmmm.... maybe I'll write a proposal to teach it at American University!
Mark Novak is a "free-range" rabbi who lives in Washington DC and works, well, just about everywhere. In 2012 he founded Minyan Oneg Shabbat, home to MOSH (Minyan Oneg Shabbat), MindfulMOSH (Jewish mindfulness gathering), and