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Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Meyer Heschl Leifer on 11 February 1965

https://opensiddur.org/?p=54099 Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Meyer Heschl Leifer on 11 February 1965 2024-02-05 04:17:20 The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 11 February 1965. Text the Open Siddur Project Meyer Heschl Leifer Meyer Heschl Leifer United States Congressional Record https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Meyer Heschl Leifer https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/ Opening Prayers for Legislative Bodies United States of America תחינות teḥinot 58th century A.M. English vernacular prayer U.S. House of Representatives Prayers of Guest Chaplains Containment 89th Congress 20th century C.E.
Guest Chaplain: Rabbi Meyer H. Leifer, Congregation Emunath Israel, New York City, New York
Date of Prayer: 11 February 1965
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אבינו שבּשמים
Our Heavenly Father,
we seek Thy blessing and guidance
in these serious and soul-stirring times,
when freedom-loving America
which is founded upon liberty and justice for all,
is being threatened by the onslaught
of godless, ruthless, and unprincipled aggressors.[1] A familiar anti-communist posture expressing alignment with the United States foreign policy of ‘containment.' 
While we must develop superior military might,
we must also be filled with Thy Holy Spirit
to preserve the superiority
of our democratic way of living.
Bless Thou, O Lord,
our glorious land of liberty,
our leaders,
the President of our United States,
and the Representatives.
Endow them with understanding
to guide America
to continue to be a citadel of freedom
and ray of light and hope
to all those who are now living in darkness.
Hasten the day
when universal peace will prevail
throughout the world
with freedom and justice
for all.
Amen.

This prayer of the guest chaplain was offered in the second month of the first session of the 89th 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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1A familiar anti-communist posture expressing alignment with the United States foreign policy of ‘containment.'

 

 

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