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Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi William Spigelman on 23 May 1967

https://opensiddur.org/?p=55853 Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi William Spigelman on 23 May 1967 2024-05-12 14:01:00 The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 27 May 1967 on the eve of the Six Day between the State of Israel and its neighbors. Text the Open Siddur Project Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Aharon N. Varady (transcription) William Spigelman the Congressional Record of the United States of America https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Aharon N. Varady (transcription) https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/17/105 Opening Prayers for Legislative Bodies United States of America 20th century C.E. Six Day War תחינות teḥinot 58th century A.M. English vernacular prayer U.S. House of Representatives Prayers of Guest Chaplains 90th Congress
Guest Chaplain: Rabbi William Spigelman, Congregation Shaarei Tefila, Los Angeles, California
Sponsor: n/a
Date of Prayer: 23 May 1967


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Help us O Lord;
the waters have reached unto our very souls (Psalms 69:1).
Almighty God,
in this world when sacred freedom
and weary embers of despair
challenge the dignity of man,
we invoke Thy blessing for the power of freedom,
which alone makes the growth of civilization possible.
As the flesh of humanity
is now being scarred
by the corrosive acids of brutality,
we beseech Thee
to eradicate false pride
that would impede the passionate quest
for a just peace,
which is the poetry of life.
Inspire our leadership
to pierce the barriers of callousness,
which is submerged beneath the waves of suspicion
and inundated by the tides of abject fear.
No country has bequeathed profounder love
for all mankind.
Let us, therefore, never succumb
to the “shocks that man is heir to”[1] Adapted from Hamlet (act 3, scene 1) by William Shakespeare: “To die, to sleep— No more—and by a sleep to say we end The heartache and the thousand natural shocks That flesh is heir to— ’tis a consummation Devoutly to be wished. To die, to sleep— To sleep, perchance to dream.” 
nor acquiesce to the regimen of cruelty
which divides and destroys.
Let us continue to search
for man’s inherent goodness
and kindness
that make all mortals kin.
Amen.

This prayer of the guest chaplain was offered in the fifth month of the first session of the 90th US Congress in the House of Representatives, and published in the Congressional Record, vol. 113, part 10 (23 May 1967), page 13568.

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Congressional Record, vol. 113, part 10 (23 May 1967), p. 13568

 

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1Adapted from Hamlet (act 3, scene 1) by William Shakespeare: “To die, to sleep— No more—and by a sleep to say we end The heartache and the thousand natural shocks That flesh is heir to— ’tis a consummation Devoutly to be wished. To die, to sleep— To sleep, perchance to dream.”

 

 

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