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Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Edward Paul Cohn on 13 September 1989

https://opensiddur.org/?p=47670 Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Edward Paul Cohn on 13 September 1989 2022-11-27 17:18:06 The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 13 September 1989. Text the Open Siddur Project Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Aharon N. Varady (transcription) United States Congressional Record Edward Paul Cohn https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Aharon N. Varady (transcription) 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 101st Congress
Guest Chaplain: Rabbi Edward Paul Cohn, Temple Sinai of City of New Orleans, Louisiana
Date of Prayer: 13 September 1989
Sponsor: Rep. Lindy Boggs (D-LA)

Sen. Boggs: Mr. Speaker, I rise to offer my expression of gratitude to Rabbi Edward Paul Cohn, for the beautiful prayer with which he has opened our session today. Rabbi Cohn, born in Baltimore, received his B.A. degree from the University of Cincinnati, his master’s from Hebrew Union College and his doctorate from the St. Paul School of Theology. He has served in Atlanta, Macon, Georgia, Kansas City, Missouri, and in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

In 1987 he came to us in New Orleans as rabbi of the prestigious Temple Sinai to lead a congregation with a long and distinguished history of service to our city and our State.

This year is one of special preparation for the auspicious celebration of Temple Sinai’s 120th anniversary, the length of days of Moses’ life and worthy of the comparison.

Steeped in the tradition of significant leadership carried forward in recent years by my good friends the late Rabbi Julian Leibelman and Rabbi Murray Blackman, Temple Sinai is fortunate to have Dr. Cohn as rabbi at this precious moment in its history.

Rabbi Cohn is married to the lovely former Andrea Levy and they have two daughters, Jennifer and Debra.

We regret that they are not with us today, but we are pleased to have with us the presence of Dr. Cohn’s parents, Rebecca Weiner Cohn and Rudolph J. Cohn, who are celebrating a very special wedding anniversary, and his aunt and uncle, Gertrude Weiner and Ben Weiner.

Welcome, and thank you, Dr. Cohn.


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We pray in the words of the Psalmist:
Zeh Hayom Asah Adonai
Nagilah V’nism’cha Vo!

This is the day which the Lord has made,
let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Heavenly Father,
in these soul-stir-ring times, O Lord,
when from one comer of the world to the other,
the hope of liberty
and the hunger for freedom
are being proclaimed and celebrated,
let us give great thanks
for the privilege which is ours
to live in this day and age.

Bless Thou,
the people of this glorious land of liberty and democracy;
all of our Nation’s leaders,
and each one of the Representatives
who serve in this distinguished House.
May they successfully labor to address
the pressing and complex issues of our times
with insight,
with compassion,
and with wisdom.
For the blessing of all
and for the hurt of none;
For the abundance of all
and for the scarcity of none;
For the life of all
and for the distress of none.


101st Congress, 1st Session. C-SPAN.
Congressional Record, Vol. 135, Part 15 — Bound Edition, p. 20325.

Congressional Record v. 135, part 15 – 13 September 1989. p. 20325




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