Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Jay Weinstein on 17 May 2016

Guest Chaplain: Rabbi Jay Weinstein, Young Israel of East Brunswick, East Brunswick, NJ
Sponsor: Rep. Gwen Graham, (D-FL)
Date of Prayer: 05/17/2016

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Ms. GRAHAM. Mr. Speaker, today, I rise to thank Rabbi Jay Weinstein for delivering this morning’s invocation.

Rabbi Weinstein is a native of Miami Beach, Florida. He received his ordination from Yeshiva University. He is now rabbi at Young Israel of East Brunswick, New Jersey, which serves more than 220 families.

I also want to recognize Rabbi Weinstein’s parents, Stanley and Lenore, his wife, Sharon, and his four wonderful children, one of whom, Ora, is here with me on the floor today.

Mr. Speaker, I am proud to live in a Nation where we open our doors and our hearts to invite leaders of all different faiths to offer a blessing. I am very thankful to Rabbi Weinstein for offering such an incredibly meaningful prayer this morning.


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Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Our God in heaven,
please grant Your blessing
upon our Nation’s leaders,
our President,
Vice President,
Members of Congress,
and all our officers of government.
Grant them courage and wisdom,
sensitivity and compassion,
as they respond to the needs
of our diverse population.
Allow them to bring to fruition
the hopes and visions,
dreams, and goals
upon which this country was founded.

Merciful God,
we express our deep gratitude
for this magnificent country,
a home built upon
the values of peace,
religious tolerance,
and respect.

Protect our courageous military forces,
who are spread throughout the world.
Quickly return them
to their family’s warm embrace.
Guard and shield the members of our country’s
police force,
fire department,
emergency personnel,
and all those who risk their lives
to protect us from harm.

Almighty God, who makes peace in Heaven,
from this glorious House of Representatives,
our seat of democracy,
we ask that You bless our world
with peace,
safety,
and prosperity,
so we may fulfill our sacred responsibility
of making the world a better place.

 
אָמֵן׃
And let us respond
amen.

Source(s)

114th Congress, 2nd Session
Issue: Vol. 162, No. 78 — Daily Edition (May 17, 2016)

Link: https://chaplain.house.gov/chaplaincy/display_gc.html?id=2393

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