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Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Claudio J. Kogan on 12 March 2019

Guest Chaplain: Rabbi Claudio J. Kogan, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine, Edinburg, Texas
Sponsor: Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15)
Date of Prayer: 03/12/2019

Mr. GONZALEZ of Texas. Madam Speaker, I rise today to honor my good friend, Rabbi Claudio J. Kogan.

Rabbi Kogan has devoted his life to being a spiritual leader in the Jewish faith and a leader in our community.

Rabbi Kogan is currently the director of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine’s new Institute for Bioethics and Social Justice. Since June 2018, Rabbi Kogan has led the School of Medicine’s efforts on ethical and social issues that affect south Texas and the Nation.

Rabbi Kogan is a physician and an ordained rabbi. He earned his medical degree from the University of Buenos Aires School of Medicine and a master’s of bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Rabbi Kogan has also spent time as a member of the Institutional Review Board at the Yale University School of Medicine.

Previously, he served as rabbi at Temple Emanuel in my district in McAllen, Texas, and continues to serve as a chaplain for various law enforcement agencies and hospital systems in the area.

Madam Speaker, it is my honor to have Rabbi Kogan and his family join us here today in the people’s House.


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God, source of all living things,
we ask Your blessings upon these representatives of the people
who have devoted their lives to our welfare.
Strengthen them with Your courage;
inspire them as they answer the Prophet Isaiah’s call
to feed the hungry[1] Isaiah 58:10. 
and to clothe the naked,[2] Isaiah 58:7. 
to lift up those in this land
and in all lands
who cannot stand on their own.

Bless them with the capacity to hear
and to listen.
May this body,
which hosts rigorous and robust debate,
embrace diversity without division,
unity without uniformity.
May this House promote justice,
moral clarity,
ethical living,
and acts of kindness.

As an immigrant who came to this country 20 years ago
and became an American citizen just 7 years ago,
I join this House in a prayer of profound gratitude
and deep appreciation
for the blessings we,
the people of the United States of America,
are privileged to enjoy.


116th Congress, 1st Session. Congressional Record, Issue: Vol. 165, No. 44 — Daily Edition (March 12, 2019)

Link: https://chaplain.house.gov/chaplaincy/display_gc.html?id=2878



1Isaiah 58:10.
2Isaiah 58:7.



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