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Every year, in this season of renewal, we are given the extraordinary opportunity to begin again.

Most people, if they’ve heard of her at all, connect Emma Lazarus to the most famous phrases of her sonnet, “The New Colossus,” written to help raise money for the Statue of Liberty’s pedestal fund in 1883. But poems she translated and composed before that generated another kind of legacy.

During the last 100 years, political parties and commercial button makers have designed buttons to attract the votes of American Jews.

Clearly, there’s a hidden connection between Judaism and our favorite national pastime - and as a diehard Cubs fan, I hope our wait is over. Play ball!