https://opensiddur.org/?p=31911Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Toby H. Manewith on 5 March 19982020-06-08 21:24:31The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 5 March 1998.Textthe Open Siddur ProjectUnited States Congressional RecordUnited States Congressional RecordToby Manewithhttps://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/United States Congressional Recordhttps://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/17/105United States of AmericaOpening Prayers for Legislative BodiesEnglish vernacular prayerHouse of RepresentativesPrayers of Guest Chaplains105th Congress20th century C.E.תחינות teḥinot58th century A.M.
Guest Chaplain: Rabbi Toby H. Manewith, Director, Hillel Foundation, A.S. Kay Spiritual Life Center, American University, Washington, D.C.
Sponsor: Rep. Sidney Yates (D-IL)
Date of Prayer: 03/05/1998
One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:
Mr. YATES. Mr. Speaker, I take pride in having presented to the House for the prayer, Rabbi Toby Manewith. She is a constituent of mine from Chicago, where she lived until her graduation from Northwestern University in 1988. She was ordained from Hebrew Union College in 1993.
Her first post was as Hillel Director at Syracuse University, a post she held for 4 years. She took an assignment at American University last summer, where she is now.
Mr. Speaker, it is clear that this young rabbi has much to offer and I know we wish her well.
‘‘The world rests on three things:
On din, justice,
on emet, truth
and on shalom, peace.’’ Pirkei Avot 1.18.
This, according to Shimon Ben Gamliel, the first century Jewish sage. Though these concepts are intertwined,
the first two are valued, in part, as agents;
it is through them that peace is attained.
And peace, say the sages, is but another name
for that which human beings of all walks and stations
see as divine.
Most Holy One,
May our pursuits be of justice,
And may truth light our way.
And through these may we,
and citizens of the world,
be guided on a path
of ever increasing peace.
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ויהי נעם אדני אלהינו עלינו ומעשה ידינו כוננה עלינו ומעשה ידינו כוננהו "May the pleasantness of אדֹני our elo’ah be upon us; may our handiwork be established for us — our handiwork, may it be established."–Psalms 90:17