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Rest in Peace, Mayor Menino

Posted: October 31, 2014

It’s hard to imagine saying anything new or especially meaningful about the death of Mayor Menino since there’s been a flood of articles, blog posts and Facebook entries since the news of his passing.  Everyone’s appropriately rushed in to praise his intense commitment to public service, his genuine love for the people of Boston, and his accomplishments in building Boston as a growing, successful city.

So I looked to the Torah for inspiration.  This week’s parasha is called Lech Lecha and it begins with the following sentence:  “And the Lord said to Abram, ‘Go forth from your land and from your birthplace and from your father’s house to the land that I will show you.  And I will make you into a great nation, and I will aggrandize your name and you shall be a blessing.”

Commentators note that this command to venture into the unknown is an invitation to adventure, wonder and self-discovery.  Abram accepted the challenge and thus began the life of the Jewish people.  Tom Menino went on a similar journey—but in his own backyard!  He eschewed “grand visions” and “blue sky plans” in favor of day-to-day management of Boston.  In the process, he came to know people in every neighborhood, shape the skyline for years to come, and become known on a national level as a builder of quality urban life.

Mayor Menino was a regular visitor at JCHE because he truly cared about our seniors and about affordable housing.  Thank you and rest in peace, Mayor Menino.

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