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Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Irving Spielman on 12 September 1990

Guest Chaplain: Rabbi Irving Spielman, Fort Lee Jewish Community Center, Fort Lee, New Jersey
Date of Prayer: 12 September 1990
Sponsor: Rep. Bob Torricelli (D-NJ)

Mr. Speaker, it gives me great pleasure to welcome Rabbi Irving Spielman, this morning’s guest chaplain to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Rabbi Spielman is the spiritual leader of the Fort Lee Jewish Community Center in Fort Lee, NJ. For nearly a decade, he has given inspired leadership in Bergen County on a variety of religious and community issues.

Rabbi Spielman received the rabbinical degree at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. For over 30 years, he has served a number of important congregations in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

Rabbi Spielman, among his many community affiliations, is a member of the National Rabbinic Cabinet of the Israel bonds organization, and serves on the boards of the Jewish National Fund of New Jersey, the Bergen County Board of Rabbis, and the Rabbinical Assembly of New Jersey.

Mr. Speaker, I know that you and our colleagues join me in extending warm greetings to Rabbi Spielman, his wife Selma, and members of their family on this happy occasion.


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Eternal God, Ribon ha-Olam, Father of All;
with grateful hearts,
we turn to thee
to bless us with wisdom
to understand the true responsibilities of our tasks,
to give us the courage to pursue them,
and the health and the vigor
to persist in reaching our goals.
Bless, oh God,
the men and women of this House,
that we may be granted the peace for which we yearn.
May we be endowed
with harmony,
and strength of purpose,
so that we may better fulfill our obligations to You
and to our fellow men.
In moments of doubt,
renew our faith.
In days of adversity,
gird us with patience
and understanding.
Above all,
imbue into us oh God
with the wisdom to count our blessings.
May we always uphold the challenge
as is proclaimed in the book of Leviticus,
to “proclaim liberty throughout the land
unto all the inhabitants thereof.” (Leviticus 25:10)
All this we ask in Thy name.


101st Congress, 2nd Session. C-SPAN.
Congressional Record, Vol. 136, Part 17 — Bound Edition, p. 23952.

Congressional Record v. 136, part 17 – 12 September 1990. p. 23952




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