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Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Dovid Cohen on 10 July 2014

Guest Chaplain: Rabbi Dovid Cohen, Young Israel of the West Side, New York, NY
Sponsor: Rep. Eric Cantor, (R-VA)
Date of Prayer: 07/10/2014

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Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Master of the Universe,
continue to grant compassion
and understanding
to this august body.
We live in a world “on fire,”
where there is turmoil throughout the globe;
a world that is ravaged by terror and barbarism;
a world where youthful potential and its rich contributions
are instantaneously destroyed.

Yesterday, in these hallowed Halls,
the United States Congress posthumously honored Raoul Wallenberg
for his humanitarian efforts in saving Jews during the Holocaust.[1]Awarding Congressional Gold Medal to Raoul Wallenberg” (10 July 2014)  
Please, God, enable this body to continue to advocate for decency
and be the moral compass of our Nation.

Next week begins the three-week period of Jewish mourning
over the destruction of our temples in Jerusalem.
It is an inauspicious time,
a time focused on the iniquity of baseless hatred between brothers.
Please, God, enable this institution
to serve as a reminder
that in a world of darkness,
one small candle can light up the world.[2] Cf. Proverbs 6:23 



113th Congress, 1st Session
Issue: Vol. 160, No. 107 — Daily Edition (July 10, 2014)

Link: https://chaplain.house.gov/chaplaincy/display_gc.html?id=2135



1 Awarding Congressional Gold Medal to Raoul Wallenberg” (10 July 2014)
2 Cf. Proverbs 6:23

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