Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Yahrzeit on Election Day

A candle burns brightly in my sink today. My father’s Yahrzeit began last night at sundown and lasts until sundown tonight. He died on Thanksgiving Day in 1993, but today is the memorial date on the Jewish calendar.

It’s ironic his candle burns brightly on Election Day. If he were alive, he would have been up and at our front door at 5:30 a.m. to accompany my wife and work at the polls. He was very astute in politics and a small part of my desire to run for Congress is in his honor. He would have been a great poll worker.

Today, when the candle goes out, we will have a new president. There’s no doubt whom he would have voted for. Here’s hoping that for every man of honor, another man of honor takes over the White House.