If I ever feel slightly interested in catching up on the Jewish side of politics, I look no further than Jeffrey Goldberg’s blog over at The Atlantic. But in his blog post today, I found something else he wrote all the more fascinating.
As Goldberg points out, on Tuesday night, the first night of Shavuot, Major League Baseball players Ryan Braun, Ian Kinsler, Ike Davis, and Kevin Youkilis all hit home runs. All of those guys are Jewish. What a weird and funky stat.
How should we feel about this? On the one hand, it’s totally awesome. It’s not like there are SO many Jews who play professional baseball. But then again, don’t we love telling the story of how Sandy Koufax refused to play during the World Series because it was Yom Kippur?
I think I’ll get over it though. I mean, have you seen Ryan Braun this season? The guy is putting up MVP numbers. I would definitely sacrifice my favorite Jewish baseball player playing on Shavuot in exchange for some hardware. I mean, seriously, this are some darn good numbers.
Pronounced: shah-voo-OTE (oo as in boot), also shah-VOO-us, Origin: Hebrew, the holiday celebrating the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai, falls in the Hebrew month Sivan, which usually coincides with May or June.