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Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Akiva Males on 23 April 2008

Guest Chaplain: Rabbi Akiva Males, Kesher Israel Congregation, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Sponsor: Rep. Tim Holden (D-PA)
Date of Prayer: 04/23/2008

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Mr. HOLDEN. Madam Speaker, I rise today to recognize and thank Rabbi Akiva Males for providing today’s prayer and blessing for both the House and for our country.

Rabbi Males is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, which he left to pursue his ordainment by attending rabbinical schools in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Jerusalem, Israel; and Queens, New York. He was eventually ordained as a rabbi by the Rabbinical Seminary of America in Queens, New York.

Rabbi Males is a member of the Rabbinical Council of America. He and his wife Lynn reside in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, located in my congressional district. He is now assisting Rabbi Dr. Chaim Schertz at Kesher Israel Congregation, a synagogue comprised of close to 200 members that has been an enhancing force in Harrisburg for over 100 years.

Rabbi Males is a pillar of faith, service, and commitment in the Harrisburg community, and I welcome him and his family to our Nation’s Capital.


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Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Merciful Father in heaven,
As a new day begins
in this great chamber,
we thank You
for the many blessings
You have bestowed upon us.

Please strengthen these representatives
of the United States of America,
to act with justice,
to love mercy,
and to walk humbly with You.

Endow them with wisdom,
understanding,
and courage,
as they address the diverse needs
of the citizens of our great country.

Bless these representatives
with the patience,
and spirit of cooperation
needed to solve the many challenges they face.

Grant to these hard–working men and women
of the House of Representatives
the wisdom and understanding needed
to lead the United States of America
with righteousness and integrity –
so that our great country
will continue to be
a beacon of light
and inspiration
unto the world.

 
 
אָמֵן׃
May this be Your will,
and let us all say,
Amen.

Source(s)

110th Congress, 2nd Session
Issue: Vol. 154, No. 65 — Daily Edition (April 23, 2008)

Link: https://chaplain.house.gov/archive/index.html?id=601

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