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Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Joshua O. Haberman on 4 June 1985

https://opensiddur.org/?p=47545 Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Joshua O. Haberman on 4 June 1985 2022-11-22 19:33:21 The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 4 June 1985. Text the Open Siddur Project Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Aharon N. Varady (transcription) United States Congressional Record Joshua Oscar Haberman https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Aharon N. Varady (transcription) https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/ United States of America Opening Prayers for Legislative Bodies 20th century C.E. תחינות teḥinot 58th century A.M. English vernacular prayer House of Representatives Prayers of Guest Chaplains 99th Congress
Guest Chaplain: Rabbi Joshua O. Haberman, Washington Hebrew Congregation, Washington, DC:
Date of Prayer: 4 June 1985
Sponsor: Rep. Benjamin A. Gilman (R-NY)

Rep Gilman: Mr. Speaker: I ask my colleagues to join me in welcoming Rabbi Joshua O. Haberman of Washington as our guest chaplain. Rabbi Haberman is a distinguished clergyman from the Washington region, where he served as senior rabbi of the Washington Hebrew Congregation for the past sixteen years. Rabbi Haberman was born in Austria, began his studies at the University of Vienna, but was forced to continue his education following the Nazi invasion in the United States at the University of Cincinnati and the Hebrew College in Cincinnati. Rabbi Haberman has served congregations in Mobile Alabama, in Buffalo, New York, and in Trenton, New Jersey. He was awarded an honorary degree and doctor of divinity by the Hebrew Union College, and has has received numerous other awards as well. In addition to his work as a professor, an author, a lecturer, he’s long been a leader in interfaith activities. On behalf of my colleagues, I’m honored to welcome Rabbi Haberman to our chamber today, to thank him for his eloquent prayer, and to reiterate my appreciation for officiating at my recent marriage to Rita Gail.


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Creator of all the world:
Thou who hast turned dust
into creatures of intelligence,
how wondrous is Thy work,
how mysterious Thy power which brings order out of chaos!

Help us to create order in the affairs of man.
Thou who hast set limits to the forces of nature
to keep all things in marvelous balance,
help us to cope with the forces of human nature.

Help us distinguish clearly
the line between right and wrong;
between the interest of the few
and the welfare of the many;
between the instant gain of today
and the larger, lasting good of future years.

Lead us by Thy justice
to enact just laws
and by Thy mercy
to lift up the fallen,
feed the hungry,
clothe the naked
and bring healing to those who suffer.

We thank Thee for all men and women
who uphold the public trust with integrity
and lead this Nation as faithful servants.

May they keep America free, strong, and just.
May the Lord grant strength unto His people.
May the Lord bless His people with peace.
Amen.

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99th Congress, 1st Session. C-SPAN.
Congressional Record, Vol. 131, Part 10 — Bound Edition, p. 13964.

Congressional Record v. 131, part 10 – 4 June 1985, p. 13964

 

 

 

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