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Invocation by Rabbi Jacob Goldstein at the Democratic National Convention (1992)

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אָבִינוּ שֶׁבַּשָּׁמִים
זֶה־הַיּוֹם עָשָׂה יְהוָה
נָגִילָה וְנִשְׂמְחָה בוֹ׃ (תהלים קיח:כד)
Avinu shebaShamayim — our father in Heaven
This is the day the Lord made,
let us celebrate and rejoice in it.[1] Psalms 118:24. 

Oh God,
we rejoice that you have set us in this great nation.
We thank you for our country
which has nourished and preserved us.
Help us always
to recognize the responsibilities
that flow from our citizenship
and most of all to perform them
with integrity and honor.
Remind us often
that to whom much is given
much will be required.

Almighty God
you have given us this great land for our heritage.
We humbly ask
that we may always prove ourselves
a people mindful of your favor
and glad to do your will.

Save us from violence, discord, confusion, and hate
and from all evil paths and ways.
Give us your bountiful blessings
that there be righteousness and justice at home
and everlasting peace and tranquility the world over.

We call upon you, O Lord
to unite us into one fellowship of Americans
without delineation of cult or race or religion.
Thou art the symbol of unity in the universe.
We pray that all wounds be healed,
poverty eliminated,
sickness cured,
anger abated,
and hatred banished.

Bless, O Lord,
the leaders of the Democratic party
whose wisdom and courage
have made possible this gathering.

May we,
all the children of the same God,
take heart and courage
in the hope that a better America
will yet be the heritage of us all
and let us say,

This is the full text of Rabbi Jacob Goldstein’s prayer offered at the Democratic National Convention, July 14th, 1992, corrected from the closed-caption feed offered by C-SPAN.




1 Psalms 118:24.

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