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Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Gil Steinlauf on 27 January 2010

Guest Chaplain: Rabbi Gil Steinlauf, Adas Israel, Washington, DC
Sponsor: Rep. Henry Waxman, (D-CA)
Date of Prayer: 01/27/2010

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Madam Speaker, it is my honor to welcome Rabbi Gil Steinlauf of Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, DC, as our guest chaplain today.

When I was first elected to Congress and our family moved to Washington, we joined Adas Israel Congregation in Cleveland Park in the Washington, DC, area. Adas Israel is the largest conservative synagogue in our Nation’s capital and one of its oldest. It also has a reputation for outreach to young families and Washington, DC, transplants. We have been members for more than 30 years.

Rabbi Steinlauf came to Adas Israel in August 2008 to serve as its senior rabbi. He quickly made his mark as a charismatic, energetic, and dynamic spiritual leader. It has been a great pleasure to get to know him and his family.

Originally from Jericho, New York, Rabbi Steinlauf was ordained in 1998 at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. He graduated from Princeton in 1991 with honors, and also studied at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem and the University of Judaism, now known as the American Jewish University, which is located in my district in Los Angeles.

Rabbi Steinlauf is joined this morning by his wife, Rabbi Batya Steinlauf, and his children Elana, Noah, and Meirav, his parents Bernard and Sandra, some of his extended family, and a proud delegation of Adas Israel.

Thank you, Rabbi Steinlauf, for your inspirational words.


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Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Our God
and God of all of our ancestors,
we ask that the light of your Presence
guide the hearts and minds of the leaders of this great nation
gathered here today.

May the wisdom of Your teachings
guide them
to act for justice,
and to lift up the cause
of the stranger, the orphan and the widow.

Master of the Universe,
open the hearts of our leaders
with Your compassion.

Help them to lead with integrity,
always remembering
that Your Wisdom
resides in every heart
as the deepest Truth
of our humanity.

May our leaders
always remember
that Your guidance
is not in the Heavens alone,
nor far beyond the sea,
but within each of us –
in our mouths
and in our hearts
to carry into action in the world.

May our leaders therefore
serve as beacons of justice
and compassion,
making this country
a light to the nations.

אָמֵן׃
Amen.

Source(s)

111th Congress, 2nd Session
Issue: Vol. 156, No. 11 — Daily Edition (January 27, 2010)

Link: https://chaplain.house.gov/chaplaincy/display_gc.html?id=1319

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