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Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Morris H. Margolies on 25 February 1986

https://opensiddur.org/?p=54453 Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Morris H. Margolies on 25 February 1986 2024-02-25 11:42:25 The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 25 February 1986. Text the Open Siddur Project Morris Margolies Morris Margolies the Congressional Record of the United States of America https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Morris Margolies 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 99th Congress
Guest Chaplain: Rabbi Morris H. Margolies, Beth Shalom Congregation, Kansas City, Missouri
Sponsor: Rep. Ike Skelton (D-MO)
Date of Prayer: 25 February 1986

Mr. SKELTON. Mr. Speaker, it is with a great deal of personal pride and pleasure that I introduce and welcome Rabbi Morris B. Margolies to the Members of this body.

An ordained rabbi since 1943, Rabbi Margolies will be retiring this June after 25 years as the rabbi at the Beth Shalom Congregation in Kansas City, Missouri.

Along with a Ph.D. in Jewish history and modern European history from Columbia University, and a master of arts degree in English from the University of Chicago, Rabbi Margolies has written a total of four books and numerous articles.

Mr. Speaker, his many academic honors and his personal devotion to his congregation and to his community in the Kansas City area have brought him honor and renown through the years.

Rabbi Margolies and his wife of 34 years, Ruth, are the proud parents of four beautiful children and one grandchild.

I, along with the Members of this body, take the opportunity to welcome Rabbi Margolies to this Chamber of the House of Representatives and wish him and wish his family all the very best in the years to come.


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Dear God,
Your seal is truth.[1] Find Jerusalem Talmud Sanhedrin 1.1.12, Bereshit Rabbah 81.2 (Rabbeinu in the name of Rabbi Reuven), Shir HaShirim Rabbah 1.9.1, Shabbat 55a.12, Yoma 69b.6-8 and Sanhedrin 64a.3-5. Also note, Jerusalem Talmud Sanhedrin 1.1.11. 
Your ideal is peace.[2] Gittin 59b.11 after Proverbs 3:17. Also find Shabbat 10b after Judges 6:24. 
Thus have the rabbis of old taught.
We pray that our Congress apply itself
with zeal to that which is truthful,
and that with full heart it strive
for the attainment of peace.
Help us, dear Lord,
to banish malice and prejudice from our midst,
to view all human beings of all races and creeds
as having been created in Your image,[3] Cf. Genesis 1:26-27, Genesis 5:1, and especially Midrash Tanchuma Pekudei 3.17. 
to regard Your magnificent Earth
as our sacred charge—
a gift to nourish and to cherish,
to cultivate and to beautify.[4] Cf. Genesis 2:15. 
May the vision of Isaiah be fulfilled in our day:
“They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my Holy Mountain.
For the earth shall fill with knowledge of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea.” (Isaiah 11:9)
Amen.

This prayer of the guest chaplain was offered in the second month of the second session of the 99th US Congress in the House of Representatives, and published in the Congressional Record, vol. 132, part 2 (1986), page 2660.

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Congressional Record, vol. 132, part 2 (25 February 1986), p. 2660

 

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Notes
1Find Jerusalem Talmud Sanhedrin 1.1.12, Bereshit Rabbah 81.2 (Rabbeinu in the name of Rabbi Reuven), Shir HaShirim Rabbah 1.9.1, Shabbat 55a.12, Yoma 69b.6-8 and Sanhedrin 64a.3-5. Also note, Jerusalem Talmud Sanhedrin 1.1.11.
2Gittin 59b.11 after Proverbs 3:17. Also find Shabbat 10b after Judges 6:24.
3Cf. Genesis 1:26-27, Genesis 5:1, and especially Midrash Tanchuma Pekudei 3.17.
4Cf. Genesis 2:15.

 

 

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