As a nation we mourn the passing of Sen. John McCain; it is a time to put aside partisan politics. Statesman, patriot, war hero, he was a public servant in the truest sense of the word. In his farewell statement, in addition to expressing gratitude for his life and love of his family and country, he wrote of his connection to “America’s causes — liberty, equal justice, respect for the dignity of all people…causes bigger than ourselves.” In his final words we find humility, gratitude, a sense of social justice and in the closing, a request for our nation to receive God’s blessing.
Parallels exist between Sen. McCain’s words and the messages in this week’s Torah portion, Ki Tavo. The portion begins with a ritual of thanksgiving (Deut. 26:1-11) and ends with a reminder that blessings result from being faithful to God’s covenant (Deut. 29:8).
Senator John S. McCain, zichrono liv’rachah, may his memory be for a blessing.