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Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Dr. Ari Korenblit on 19 November 2003

Guest Chaplain: Rabbi Dr. Ari Korenblit, Temple Sholom, Brooklyn, New York
Sponsor: Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY)
Date of Prayer: 11/19/2003

Mr. WEINER. Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the House of Representatives, it is my pleasure to welcome Rabbi Korenblit and thank him for delivering this morning’s prayer.

Rabbi Korenblit’s eloquence this morning was no surprise to those of us in Brooklyn who have come to know him as one of the community’s most prominent moral leaders. Since 1997, he has been the Rabbi at Temple Sholom in Southern Brooklyn, after having served congregations in New Jersey and Manhattan.

Rabbi Korenblit was ordained at Meor Hatorah Rabbinical College and received advanced rabbinical training at Torah Vodaath Rabbinical Institute, Boston Kolel and Gur Aryeh Institute for Advanced Rabbinical Studies.

What has most distinguished the Rabbi’s career is his commitment to children, which is matched only by his commitment to his faith. He is not only the Rabbi at Temple Sholom, but he is the principal of the Schwartz Religious School at the Temple. And he spent many years as not only a principal but as a school teacher, camp director and youth group director. He has also written and lectured extensively on educational issues, with a focus on child rearing matters. Untold numbers of young people in our community have grown up to lead healthy spiritual lives because of the influence of Rabbi Korenblit, and I can think of no greater contribution one can make to his community.

I am not only pleased to congratulate Rabbi Korenblit on the honor of being chosen to deliver this morning’s prayer, but I wanted to congratulate his shul, Temple Sholom, on their 50th anniversary. For more than a generation, Temple Sholom has served the religious and social needs of the Mill Basin and Bergen Beach communities, and I wish them many more decades of continued vitality.

In closing, it is also my pleasure to welcome this day the Rabbi’s wife, Daniela Reik, who is with us today, his three daughters, Haviva, Eliora, Emuna, and his mother-in-law, Mignon.

Thank you very much, Rabbi.


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Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

God, bless America.

We thank You, God,
for our country
which has nurtured
the hopes and dreams
of people throughout the world.

For our country
which is the most charitable Nation
that has ever existed,
sharing its bounty and talents
with all.

For our country
which has provided
welcoming portals of refuge,
sanctuary and opportunity,
both material and spiritual.

For our country
which has been enriched
by the prayers and talents
from the early pilgrims
to our recent citizens.

In these troubled times,
let us especially remember
the early pilgrims
who came to these shores
with their faith,
and hope in God.
This is the secret of our endurance,
prosperity and success.

inspire the Members of this great Chamber
and all our leaders
with courage
to champion our divine moral code
and with the strength
to uphold those freedoms
we hold dear.
Bless and protect our soldiers
who defend those principles
throughout the world.
May we forever be
one Nation under God
and continue our sacred duty
to be the conscience of the world.

Please, God,
fill our hearts
with thanksgiving
every moment.


108th Congress, 1st Session
Issue: Vol. 149, No. 168 — Daily Edition (November 19, 2003)

link: https://chaplain.house.gov/archive/index.html?id=859

Click to access CREC-2003-11-19-pt1-PgH11517.pdf




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