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Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. Senate: Rabbi Harold Kravitz on 9 June 2015


Mr. FRANKEN. Mr. President, I rise today to thank Rabbi Harold Kravitz for offering the opening prayer today in the Senate and to praise him for all of his excellent work.

Rabbi Kravitz is rabbi at Adath Jeshurun in my State of Minnesota and is an important leader in our State. In addition to serving his congregation, Rabbi Kravitz is also a leader in the fight against hunger. He is outgoing chair of the board of MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, where he has been working to end hunger for all people regardless of their faith background.

One of the things most notable about Rabbi Kravitz is his commitment to bringing together people of all faiths to end hunger. I especially want to recognize Rabbi Kravitz’s work in Minnesota to make school lunches free and available for all children.

No child should ever go hungry. We know kids won’t do as well in school when they are hungry. It is also just wrong. That is why I have taken up the issue at the Federal level as well, to try to make this commonsense policy that Rabbi Kravitz has championed in MAZON as widespread as possible.

Rabbi Kravitz has done excellent work in Minnesota and as a national leader in the fight against hunger. Thank you for that, Rabbi, and thank you again for offering the opening prayer this morning.

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Our God of all that is good,
it is a privilege to be inside this Capitol Building,
richly designed to inspire those who govern
to achieve the loftiest goals possible for this Nation.
Guide the Senators who sit in this Chamber
to do what the Book of Deuteronomy describes:
“that which is right and good in the sight of the Eternal One.”[1] Deuteronomy 6:18 partial 

We pray for all Americans,
especially those who lack sufficient food
to feed themselves and their families.
This body has the power to change this reality,
to do that which is right and good.

הַזָּן אֶת הַכֹּל
May the One who Provides Sustenance for All–
Hazan et Hakol
bless this United States Senate
with the wisdom and compassion
to act on its responsibilities
for those who are vulnerable and in need.

May all God’s people in this land be able
to live with dignity
and share in the plenty
with which this Nation is blessed.



114th Congress, 1st Session
Issue: Vol. 161, No. 91 — Daily Edition (June 9, 2015)



1 Deuteronomy 6:18 partial

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