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Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Shea Harlig on 15 March 2007

Guest Chaplain: Rabbi Shea Harlig, Chabad of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Date of Prayer: 2007-03-15

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Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Almighty God,
the members of this prestigious body,
the U.S. Congress,
convene here
to fulfill one of the seven Noahide commandments:[1]Sanhedrin 56a; cf. Tosefta Avodah Zarah 8:4 and Genesis Rabbah 34:8. Six items were commanded to Adam: concerning idolatry, blasphemy, bloodshed, illicit sexuality, theft, and laws…God added to Noah, the law of not eating from the flesh of a live animal.” (Maimonides, Laws of Kings 9:1). The impetus behind sharing the sheva mitsvot in the context of ḤaBaD Lubavitch originates with the following teaching of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson: “We must do everything possible to ensure that the seven Noahide laws are observed. If this can be accomplished through force or through other kinder and more peaceful means through explaining to non-Jews that they should accept God’s wishes [we should do so]…Anyone who is able to influence a non-Jew in any way to keep the seven commandments is obligated to do so, since that is what God commanded Moses our teacher,” (“Sheva Mitzvot Shel Benai Noach,” Hapardes 59:9 7-11, 5745). 
the commandment to govern by just laws
which are based in the recognition of You, God,
as the Sovereign Ruler of all people and nations.

We, the citizens of this blessed country
proudly proclaim this recognition
and our commitment to justice
in our Pledge of Allegiance
“One Nation,
Under God,
with Liberty
and Justice
for All.”

Grant us, Almighty God,
that those assembled here
be aware of Your presence
and conduct their deliberations
accordingly.
Bless them
with good health,
wisdom,
compassion,
and good fellowship.

On the eve of Passover,
the Festival of Freedom,
I beseech you Almighty God
to bless and protect our troops
and our entire nation
whom our esteemed spiritual leader, The Lubavitcher Rebbe
labeled “A Nation of Kindness”[2]lit. medina shel ḥesed.
with freedom from terrorism.
Indeed “God Bless America.”

Source(s)

110th Congress, 1st Session
Issue: Vol. 153, No. 45 — Daily Edition (March 15, 2007)

link: https://chaplain.house.gov/archive/index.html?id=468

Notes   [ + ]

  1. Sanhedrin 56a; cf. Tosefta Avodah Zarah 8:4 and Genesis Rabbah 34:8. Six items were commanded to Adam: concerning idolatry, blasphemy, bloodshed, illicit sexuality, theft, and laws…God added to Noah, the law of not eating from the flesh of a live animal.” (Maimonides, Laws of Kings 9:1). The impetus behind sharing the sheva mitsvot in the context of ḤaBaD Lubavitch originates with the following teaching of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson: “We must do everything possible to ensure that the seven Noahide laws are observed. If this can be accomplished through force or through other kinder and more peaceful means through explaining to non-Jews that they should accept God’s wishes [we should do so]…Anyone who is able to influence a non-Jew in any way to keep the seven commandments is obligated to do so, since that is what God commanded Moses our teacher,” (“Sheva Mitzvot Shel Benai Noach,” Hapardes 59:9 7-11, 5745).
  2. lit. medina shel ḥesed.

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