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Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Elie Spitz on 18 March 2004

Guest Chaplain: Rabbi Elie Spitz, Congregation B’nai Israel, Tustin, California
Sponsor: Rep. Tom Lantos, (D-CA)
Date of Prayer: 03/18/2004


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Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Master of the Universe,
may You bless our great country
and its leaders.
May You give them,
our congressional leaders,
the wisdom to discern
the path of righteousness.

Scripture teaches:
“Today,
I place before you
life and death,
blessing and curse.
Choose life.”[1]Deuteronomy 30:19.

Sixty years ago this day,
the Germans invaded greater Hungary
to oust the government
and begin deportations
of hundreds of thousands of Jews and others.[2]Operation Margarethe.
Many of those who survived
have modeled an affirmation of life
and a passion for justice
in the shadow of tragic loss.

May You, the Almighty,
guide our congressional leaders
toward affirming life
and pursuing justice
in all that they do.
May they find Your light
despite shadow.

Infuse their acts
with strength and courage,
memory and wise purpose,
open hearts and outstretched hands.

אָמֵן׃
Amen.

Source(s)

108th Congress, 2nd Session
Issue: Vol. 150, No. 35 — Daily Edition (March 18, 2004)

link: https://chaplain.house.gov/chaplaincy/display_gc.html?id=780

Notes   [ + ]

  1. Deuteronomy 30:19.
  2. Operation Margarethe.

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