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Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi David-Seth Kirshner on 24 October 2017

Guest Chaplain: Rabbi David-Seth Kirshner, Temple Emanu-El, Closter, NJ
Sponsor: Rep. Josh Gottheimer, (D-NJ)
Date of Prayer: 10/24/2017

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Mr. GOTTHEIMER. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to welcome to the U.S. House of Representatives my dear friend and my adopted rabbi, David–Seth Kirshner, the leader of Temple Emanu–El in my congressional district in Closter, New Jersey.

As a lifelong New Jersey resident, Rabbi Kirshner has dedicated his career to serving his family, community, and our country. Dori and David are proud and loving parents to Eve and Elias, and I am glad they are here. Rabbi Kirshner is a spiritual mentor to many and a man of deep faith, conviction, and conscience.

Temple Emanu–El has been a beacon of civic engagement, youth education, and community service in our State, and under Rabbi Kirshner’s leadership, Temple Emanu–El has brought a warm and open atmosphere that will endure for generations to come, building on its 85–year history of service to our State.

Rabbi Kirshner and Temple Emanu–El call on each of us to do our part to engage in “repair of the world,” “tikkun olam,” to love your neighbor as yourself, and to fulfill God’s commandments with the work of our hands.

In addition to his work as rabbi of Temple Emanu–El, Rabbi Kirshner is a leader among his colleagues, serving as the vice president of the New Jersey Board of Rabbis and as a member of the Chancellor’s Rabbinic Cabinet at the Jewish Theological Seminary.

A strong advocate for the U.S.–Israel relationship, Rabbi Kirshner is on the New Jersey–Israel Commission. He is a believer that Israel is a key strategic ally and a defender of democracy and freedom against the evils of terror.

I would like to thank Rabbi Kirshner for praying with us today and representing all faiths of the Fifth Congressional District of New Jersey.
May God continue to bless the United States of America.

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Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

As we embark on this sacred day of work
to better the lives of all Americans,
we ask that You, God,
help instill these leaders of the 115th Congress
with patience,
and respect
to achieve and exceed our goals
for today and for tomorrow.
Help us demonstrate our gratitude
for our service people
and first responders
who work as our partners
in fulfilling our shared mission.

God, we ask You today
to disseminate Your sunlight
and shower down Your rain,
which will help us cultivate the seeds
of securing our freedoms,
celebrating our democracy,
and championing tolerance
for now and forever.

May it be Your will
that the generations to come
that will live within and lead this great Nation
can enjoy the blooming flowers
and sweet fruits of our labors
on this sacred day.

we ask You to bless this Congress
and these United States of America.


115th Congress, 1st Session
Issue: Vol. 163, No. 171 — Daily Edition (October 24, 2017)

Link: https://chaplain.house.gov/chaplaincy/display_gc.html?id=2620


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