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Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Harry J. Kaufman on 13 February 1951

https://opensiddur.org/?p=54115 Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Harry J. Kaufman on 13 February 1951 2024-02-05 07:04:25 The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 13 February 1951. Text the Open Siddur Project Harry J. Kaufman Harry J. Kaufman United States Congressional Record https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Harry J. Kaufman https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/ Opening Prayers for Legislative Bodies United States of America 58th century A.M. English vernacular prayer U.S. House of Representatives Prayers of Guest Chaplains United States in the Korean War Containment 82nd Congress 20th century C.E. תחינות teḥinot
Guest Chaplain: Rabbi Harry J. Kaufman, Beth Sholom Congregation, Washington, D.C.
Date of Prayer: 13 February 1951
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Sovereign of the Universe:
In these challenging days
our hearts are turned to Thee
in prayer.
Be Thou with those
who guide the destinies of our Republic.
Shepherd them with Thy wisdom
that their judgments may be true and pure.
Grant them of Thy love
that they may know the heart
of all the people.
Send before them Thy pillar of light,
to unite all Thy children
in finding the road
to enduring peace.
By Thy grace and manifold blessings
Thou hast made this land
the chosen of all nations.
Help us to remember
that if we be chosen,
it is not for privilege
but for responsibility,
not to be served
but to serve,
not alone to gain liberty
but to grant it.
O Heavenly Father:
Let be heard Thy word
speaking to America through the Prophet
even as Thou didst speak to ancient Israel.
“I the Lord have called thee in righteousness
and have taken hold of thy hand
and kept thee and set thee
for a covenant of the peoples,
for a light of the nations;
to open the blind eyes,
to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon
and those that sit in darkness
out of the prison house.” (Isaiah 42:6.)
Amen.

This prayer of the guest chaplain was offered in the second month of the first session of the 82nd US Congress. The source images of the prayer were copied by Howard Mortman and shared via his @CongressRabbi Twitter account. All credit to Howard Mortman for his research in digging up this prayer. Unfortunately, neither the source images nor his tweets provide an exact citation reference to the volume, issue, and page number of the Congressional Record in which the prayer was published. If you know, leave a comment, or contact us.

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