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Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Dov Edelstein on 8 March 1979

https://opensiddur.org/?p=54612 Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Dov Edelstein on 8 March 1979 2024-03-04 19:08:41 The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 8 March 1979. Text the Open Siddur Project Dov Berl Edelstein Dov Berl Edelstein United States Congressional Record https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Dov Berl Edelstein https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/ Opening Prayers for Legislative Bodies United States of America 20th century C.E. תחינות teḥinot 58th century A.M. English vernacular prayer U.S. House of Representatives Prayers of Guest Chaplains 96th Congress
Guest Chaplain: Rabbi Dov Edelstein, Moses Montefiore Synagogue, Appleton, Wisconsin
Sponsor: Rep. Toby Roth (R-WI)
Date of Prayer: 8 March 1979

Mr. ROTH. Mr. Speaker, I am honored today to be able to recognize Rabbi Dov Edelstein, who delivered our opening prayer this morning.

Rabbi Edelstein has served for 9 years at the Moses Montefiore Synagogue in my hometown—Appleton, Wisconsin. He is well known in Appleton as an exemplary citizen with an outstanding reputation for community service.

The Rabbi is a native of Romania, and was ordained to the rabbinate in Hungary in 1944. He is also a former inmate of the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz. Following the war, he was one of the 50,000 Jews interned by the British in camps on Cyprus prior to the establishment of the State of Israel.

From 1947 to 1962, he lived in Israel and taught Hebrew at several institutions and also taught the language to immigrants. In 1962 he entered the United States and settled in Weirton, West Virginia, the sight of his first congregation, coming from there to Appleton 9 years ago.

Rabbi Edelstein holds a graduate degree in American history and is the author of a major study of the relationship of the Wisconsin press toward President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War.

It is certainly a pleasure and an honor to welcome him here today.


Contribute a translationSource (English)
Ever living God:
In these trying times
of confusion and perplexity,
we are looking to Thee
for guidance
and sustenance.
We pray and grasp for peace
and for harmonious relations
among all Thy children;
yet, there are detractors
who despise these lofty aims
and hinder their realization
among mankind.
Give us, O Lord,
strength and encouragement
that we may not falter.
Bestow Thy guidance
and inspiration
upon the elect representatives
of this American Nation
that they discharge
their heavy responsibilities
with prudence,
and humility.
May they navigate the ship of our Nation
in the turbulent waters
to secure and tranquil havens.
Do Thou crown with success
the efforts of the President of the United States
at establishing lasting peace among the nations
in the Middle East.
Imbue, O Lord,
the hearts of all Thy children
with the precious gift of peace
as an everlasting blessing for us,
and for Thy eternal glory.

This prayer of the guest chaplain was offered in the second month of the second session of the 96th US Congress in the House of Representatives, and published in the Congressional Record, vol. 125, part 4 (1979), page 4472. Later that month, on 26 March in a ceremony at the White House, President Anwar Sadat of Egypt and Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel signed the Egypt–Israel peace treaty.


Congressional Record, vol. 125, part 4 (8 March 1979), p. 4472




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