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Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Barry Block on 10 January 2020

Guest Chaplain: Barry H. Block, Congregation B’nai Israel, Little Rock, Arkansas
Sponsor: Rep. French Hill (R-AR)
Date of Prayer: 01/10/2020

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Mr. Speaker, today I rise with my friend John Boozman, former Member of this House and now a Senator from Arkansas, to welcome today’s guest chaplain, my dear friend, Rabbi Barry Block of Congregation B’nai Israel in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Realizing his love for reformed Judaism at a young age, Rabbi Block earned his master of arts in Hebrew letters from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion before being ordained 3 years following completion of his degree.

Having devoted much of his life to the church, Rabbi Block found his way to Congregation B’nai Israel in my hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas, in 2013, after serving over 20 years at Temple Beth-El in San Antonio, Texas.

He has served Reform Judaism nationally and regionally as a member of the Board of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and chair of its resolutions and nominating committees and as president of the Southwest Association of Reform Rabbis.

He is the loving father of his two sons, Robert and Daniel.

I want to thank Rabbi Block for his gracing us with a wonderful opening prayer and wish him, his family, and his congregation continued success in our community of Little Rock.


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Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Source of blessing,
we come before You today
asking Your blessings
upon the United States House of Representatives.

At this time of grave division,
inspire these Members of the people’s House
to reach across every kind of aisle,
to build new friendships
that may grow into opportunities
for greater understanding,
seeking shared solutions
to America’s greatest problems.

As the winds of war
threaten all humanity,
inspire the Members of the people’s House
to work toward peace,
for the ability to wage peace
is a greater measure of a nation’s strength
than the capacity to wage war.

Consecrate this House
to perfect the Nation
our Founders could not even envision —
justice,
liberty,
freedom from persecution and discrimination
for every person
within our borders.
Then will this House
and our Nation
truly be blessed.

אָמֵן׃
Amen.

Source(s)

116th Congress, 2nd Session
Issue: Vol. 166, No. 6 — Daily Edition (January 10, 2020)

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