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Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Sidney Harcsztark on 18 March 1965

https://opensiddur.org/?p=54876 Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Sidney Harcsztark on 18 March 1965 2024-03-18 02:51:27 The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 18 March 1965. Text the Open Siddur Project Sidney Harcsztark Sidney Harcsztark United States Congressional Record https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Sidney Harcsztark 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 89th Congress 20th century C.E.
Guest Chaplain: Rabbi Sidney Harcsztark, administrator, Yeshiva Rambam, 3121 Kings Highway, Brooklyn, New York
Sponsor: Rep. Eugene J. Keogh (D-NY)
Date of Prayer: 18 March 1965

Mr. KEOGH. Mr. Speaker, our guest chaplain today is a distinguished Brooklynite, and the following release issued by him is quite interesting:

A refugee from Dachau had his dream come true today when he stood before the opening of the U.S. House of Representatives delivering his invocation as a clergyman of the Jewish faith.

It is Congressman Eugene J. Keogh, Democrat, of Brooklyn, who was instrumental in inviting Rabbi Sidney Harcsztark, a prominent figure in the field of Jewish education in New York, to open the session of the House with a prayer.

Serving as administrator of Yeshiva Rambam, a progressive Jewish orthodox all-day school in Brooklyn, New York, Rabbi Harcsztark is a descendant of a prominent rabbinic family in pre-war Poland and was actively engaged in many religious and humanitarian activities in the ghetto of Lodz, Poland. Prior to his arrival in the United States, Rabbi Harcsztark was affiliated with the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration serving the UNRRA team 503, in Zeilsheim, Germany.


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O Heavenly Father,
Thou who hast endowed men
with the noble ambition
and blessed ability
to lead their fellow men
in the paths of righteousness of state,
and hast inspired them
to serve the people of these United States of America
with honor.
Invest those legislators
gathered here in august assembly
with dedicated souls
so that they may illustrate
the finest and most worthy traditions
of this great democracy
to the end that they will be praised
for their actions and deeds
by the American people
and mankind the world over.
Bless these servants
with powerful hands
so that with the practical sagacity
which is their hallmark
they may unite and solidify a globe
jigsawed with boundaries.
Bless their new quest
to grant real meaning
to the dignity of men,
as all men are born in the image of God.
Grant them courage and wisdom
so that through their guidance and leadership
they may bring healing
for the multitude of lives
emptied of meaning,
solace for the multitude of souls
scarred with the weary search
for peace and rest,
comfort for the multitude of hearts
stabbed with the frustrations
of our everyday existence.
May the Lord grant strength
unto His people.
May He bless His people
with peace.
Amen.

This prayer of the guest chaplain was offered in the third month of the first session of the 89th US Congress in the House of Representatives, and published in the Congressional Record, vol. 111, part 4 (1965), pages 5337-5338.

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Congressional Record, vol. 111, part 4 (18 March 1965), p. 5337

Congressional Record, vol. 111, part 4 (18 March 1965), p. 5338

 


 

 

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