Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. Senate: Rabbi Shea Harlig on 25 June 2009

Guest Chaplain: Rabbi Shea Harlig, Chabad of Southern Nevada
Sponsor: Senator Harry Reid, (D-NV)
Date of Prayer: 06/25/2009

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Mr. REID. Madam President, with the Senate Chaplain, Admiral Black, standing by, we all listened to a prayer from one of our Jewish brethren in Las Vegas, Rabbi Harlig. I am sure the Chaplain was pleased with the prayer. Those of us in attendance were pleased with the prayer. It was a meaningful, wonderful prayer for our Senate and the country. So I welcome Rabbi Harlig and thank him for helping us open the Senate with the beautiful prayer he uttered.

Rabbi Harlig and his wife Dina breathed new life into the southern Nevada Jewish community when they opened a Chabad center in their living room in 1990. It has grown dramatically since then, and successfully grown, and there are now five such community centers in southern Nevada. The organization Rabbi Harlig founded has taught so many children and adults and has done so many mitzvot–or good deeds–for so many people.

As Rabbi Harlig mentioned in his invocation, today is significant for the Chabad community because it is the day of the passing of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, one of the great Jewish leaders of our time.

So thank you, Rabbi Harlig, for joining us in the Senate today.


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Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Almighty G-d,
the Members of this prestigious body, the U.S. Senate,
convene here in the spirit of one of the seven Noahide Laws
which were set forth by You
as an eternal universal code of ethics
for all mankind;
that every society be governed by just laws
which shall be based in the recognition of You, O G-d,
as the Sovereign Ruler of all peoples
and all 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 G-d,
with liberty
and justice
for all.”

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

On this 25th day of June, 2009,
which corresponds to the third day of the Hebrew month of Tammuz,
we are 15 years–to the day–
from the passing of our esteemed spiritual leader,
the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, of blessed memory,
who consistently extolled the virtues of this great land
as a “Nation of Kindness.”

I beseech You, Almighty G-d,
to grant renewed strength and fortitude
to all who protect,
preserve,
and help further these ideals
so essential to the dignity of the human spirit.
Please grant that our beloved Rebbe’s vision
of a world of peace and tranquility–
free of war, hatred, and strife–
be realized speedily in our days.

G-d bless this hallowed body.

G-d bless our troops who stand in defense of this great land.

G-d bless the United States of America.

Source(s)

111th Congress, 1st Session
Issue: Vol. 155, No. No. 97 — Daily Edition (June 25, 2009)

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