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Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Arnold Resnicoff on 10 September 2021

Guest Chaplain: Rabbi Arnold E. Resnicoff, Chaplain, US Navy, Retired, Washington, DC
Date of Prayer: 09/10/2021


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Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Almighty God,
Twenty years ago today, an era ended:
Pre-9/11 world.

Twin Towers stood.
No deadly Pentagon attack.
No civilian airline passengers, crew had sacrificed their lives
To protect the Capitol from attack.

Next day, our world forever changed.

High Holy Days now challenge Jews world-wide:
assess, atone, improve.

But regardless of religion,
Americans now share holy days,
Blessed by memories of the righteous[1]זֵכֶר צַדִּיק לִבְרָכָה” (Proverbs 10:7) — the memory of the righteous is for a blessing. 
Who kept faith alive.

Terrorists did their worst.
We responded with our best:
Heroes sacrificed, rescued, healed,
Then we united to rebuild,
As we must unite today.

Where the Pentagon was struck,
We built a chapel – interfaith.[2] Cf. “An unsung hero of the 9/11 recovery: The Muslim engineer who rebuilt the Pentagon crash site as a chapel,” by Julie Zauamer Weil, Washington Post, 10 Sep 2019. 
Our beliefs attacked,
We celebrated unity, diversity, hope.

Day’s end,
Leaders gathered on Capitol steps,
Democrat, Republican, side-by-side.
Silent prayer,
Then “God Bless America,” they sang.[3] Cf. “God Bless America” 9/11, C-SPAN. 

May unity then inspire us now,
Heeding America’s Liberty Song:
“Join hand in hand, brave Americans all,
By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall.”[4] From the Liberty Song, a pre-American Revolutionary War song with lyrics by John Dickinson, first published in 1768. 

And may we say “Amen.”

Source(s)

117th Congress, 1st Session. C-SPAN.
Issue: Vol. 167, No. 156 — Daily Edition (September 10, 2021)


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Notes

Notes
1 זֵכֶר צַדִּיק לִבְרָכָה” (Proverbs 10:7) — the memory of the righteous is for a blessing.
2 Cf. “An unsung hero of the 9/11 recovery: The Muslim engineer who rebuilt the Pentagon crash site as a chapel,” by Julie Zauamer Weil, Washington Post, 10 Sep 2019.
3 Cf. “God Bless America” 9/11, C-SPAN.
4 From the Liberty Song, a pre-American Revolutionary War song with lyrics by John Dickinson, first published in 1768.

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