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Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Hersh M. Ginsberg on 21 May 1964

https://opensiddur.org/?p=55834 Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Hersh M. Ginsberg on 21 May 1964 2024-05-11 12:58:56 The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 21 May 1964. Text the Open Siddur Project Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Hersh M. Ginsberg the Congressional Record of the United States of America https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Aharon N. Varady (transcription) https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/17/105 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 88th Congress
Guest Chaplain: Rabbi Hersh M. Ginsberg, dean, Rabbi Jacob Joseph School, New York, New York
Sponsor: n/a
Date of Prayer: 21 May 1964


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ה׳
מלך העולם
Hashem | Lord
Melekh ha-Olom! King of the Universe!
Bless this House of Representatives
of the United States of America,
which has been hallowed
as a sanctuary of freedom,
and wherein is preserved
the liberty
and human dignity
of all Americans.
The men and women gathered here
have toiled laboriously
to guard against any encroachment
on the inalienable rights
which Thou hast granted unto man.
We are mindful that
only through Thy grace
have their labors borne fruit
and has our blessed country
fostered hope for the oppressed,
given confidence to the downtrodden,
and inspired the feeblehearted.
We are humbled
by the ominous tasks that still lie ahead;
for we can never remain tranquil
so long as freedom is denied
to any human being
created in Thy image;
so long as man is judged and governed
by his fellow man
not by the nobility of his spirit
and the grandeur of his heart,
but by the color of his skin,
by the political doctrines to which he subscribes,
or by the religion to which he is committed.
Indeed, our aspirations of making the American dream
of universal freedom for all men a reality
will continue to command our collective attention
in the months and years that lie ahead.
Grant, we pray Thee, O merciful Father,
to the dedicated men and women gathered here,
unto whom has been entrusted the sacred task
of governing our Nation,
that they may continue to be deserving
of Thy sustaining blessings.
Shower upon them and their loved ones
of Thy divine bounty,
teach them to face the trying days ahead
firmly and courageously,
fill them with Thy holy spirit,
make them meek and humble,
cognizant of the needs of the poor of body
and impoverished of spirit,
and inspire them to remain steadfast
in their yearning to sanctify Thy holy name.
Amen.

This prayer of the guest chaplain was offered in the fifth month of the second session of the 88th US Congress in the House of Representatives, and published in the Congressional Record, vol. 110, part 9 (21 May 1964), page 11615.

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Congressional Record, vol. 110, part 9 (21 May 1964), p. 11615

 


 

 

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