Guest Chaplain: Rabbi Robert Silvers, Congregation B’nai Israel, Boca Raton, FL
Sponsor: Rep. Ted Deutch, (D-FL)
Date of Prayer: 04/17/2013
Mr. DEUTCH. Mr. Speaker, I’m proud to have the opportunity to welcome one of my constituents, Rabbi Robert Silvers , of the Congregation B’Nai Israel in Boca Raton, Florida, as he offered the opening prayer here today. He is a leader in the Jewish community in south Florida. His life epitomizes the Jewish tradition of tikkun olam––bettering the world.
Rabbi Silvers’ impact is felt well beyond the 1,200 families of Congregation B’Nai Israel, with pastoral work and care that he provides not only to his own congregation but also to the greater local community as a volunteer chaplain for the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. He has served as president of the Palm Beach County Board of Rabbis and as president of the Greater Boca Raton Religious Leaders Association, an interfaith coalition of clergy. Rabbi Silvers has been involved in education and interfaith dialogue throughout south Florida.
I’m proud to call Rabbi Silvers and his wife, Ava, friends. I welcome them and all of his congregants who watched on C–SPAN as he delivered this meaningful prayer.
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we children of humanity
pray to You by many names,
but in our hearts
we all know You as One.
creates the common bond between us
and is our common bond with You.
And though Your absolute truth eludes us,
we strive to be more like You
and to carry out Your will
that we live together in peace.
And though some seek to disrupt the peace
and deprive us of our very lives,
as we witnessed in Boston,
we pray, O God,
that their actions be thwarted
and that You continue to shelter us
with Your canopy of peace.
Send healing of body and soul, O God,
to the victims of this act of terror,
to our Nation,
and to all who grieve with them.
Keep forever in Your loving embrace
the souls of those who lost their lives.
that those who do harm
be brought to justice
and that You, O God,
instill in all peoples everywhere
a love of humanity
and a respect for each and every human being
created in Your divine image.
Help us, O God,
that each of us holds a glimpse of something greater;
though created mortal and fallible,
we need Your gifts of wisdom
to find partners,
even in surprising and unlikely places,
with whom we must work together
to benefit our country and our world.
We turn to You, Source of Peace,
the leaders of our Nation
to find accord
even in these times of challenge.
May it be Your will
that in recognizing the Unity of the Divine,
they will strive
to foster a similar unity
for the sake of this great Nation.
we say the Hebrew word affirming faith;
faith in each other,
continued faith in humanity,
and faith in the Holiness beyond us.
113th Congress, 1st Session. Congressional Record, Issue: Vol. 159, No. 52 — Daily Edition (April 17, 2013)
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