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Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Naḥum M. Ben-Natan on 25 March 1976

Guest Chaplain: Rabbi Nahum M. Ben-Natan, Beth Jacob Congregation, Baltimore, Maryland
Sponsor: Rep. Paul Spyros Sarbanes (D-MD)
Date of Prayer: 25 March 1976

Mr. SARBANES. Mr. Speaker, it is a great personal honor for me today that the deeply moving and thoughtful opening prayer has just been offered by Rabbi Nahum M. Ben-Natan.

Rabbi Ben-Natan is presently the spiritual leader of the Beth Jacob Congregation in Baltimore having succeeded the late Rabbi Uri Miller. The Beth Jacob Congregation was founded in 1938 and in the relatively short span of 38 years has risen to a prominent position as one of the leading Orthodox synagogues in the United States.

Rabbi Ben-Natan came to Beth Jacob Congregation in 1972 after having served as rabbi of the Young Israel of Ottawa, Canada, Congregation. Previously, he held the position of chaplain of the Hudson River State Hospital, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and rabbi of the Knesseth Israel Congregation, Birmingham, Ala. His leadership and contributions to our community have been outstanding.

I would like to offer my thanks to Rabbi Ben-Natan for coming here today and providing us with words of inspiration as we again undertake to conduct the Nation’s business.

Mr. LONG of Maryland. Mr. Speaker, I join my colleagues in welcoming Rabbi Nahum Ben-Natan, who without question is one of the outstanding spiritual leaders of the Baltimore community. We have all benefited very greatly from his inspirational remarks and we wish him well in the years ahead.

I am very proud that he is a constituent of mine, and delighted that he and his congregation, Beth Jacob, have been honored by the House today in the rabbi’s selection to offer our opening prayer.


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Heavenly Father,
we, who have gathered in this historic Chamber,
bearing the responsibilities imposed upon us
by our constituents, to represent their wishes
as we debate and discuss pending legislation
affecting the welfare of our fellow citizens,
turn to Thee in prayer for guidance,
and courage.
Hear their prayer, O Lord,
uplift them with Thy wisdom,
instill within their hearts and minds
the qualities of sensitivity to human need,
compassion for the suffering of others,
and appreciation of the historic and eternal principles
of freedom,
and democracy
upon which this great Nation was founded.
May the light of Thy truth
guide the deliberations and actions
of this Congress,
thereby enabling it to become
a bastion of honesty, integrity,
and moral authority for us
and for all mankind.

This prayer of the guest chaplain was offered in the third month of the first session of the 94th US Congress in the House of Representatives, and published in the Congressional Record, vol. 122, part 7 (1976), page 7962.


Congressional Record, vol. 122, part 7 (25 March 1976), p. 7962




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