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Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. Senate: Rabbi Herbert W. Bomzer on 23 May 1967

https://opensiddur.org/?p=55844 Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. Senate: Rabbi Herbert W. Bomzer on 23 May 1967 2024-05-12 13:15:23 The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. Senate on 23 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) Herbert Bomzer 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 Prayers of Guest Chaplains U.S. Senate 90th Congress
Guest Chaplain: Rabbi Herbert W. Bomzer, Young Israel of Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn, New York
Sponsor: n/a
Date of Prayer: 23 May 1967


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Turn Thee towards me,
and be gracious unto me,
as is Thy wont to do unto those
that love Thy name. (Psalms 119:132).
Sovereign of the Universe,
Thou hast granted us freedom
to love Thy name
and follow Thy divine attributes
of loving kindness and mercy.
We pray that we may fulfill Thy will,
thus making us worthy
of Thy presence among us.
In this space age,
help us to conquer the space
we have permitted to develop
between ourselves and our fellow men.
Close the space which separates
our principles from our practices,
our creeds from our deeds,
and the space of which the prophet Isaiah complained,
“Your sins have separated between you and your God.” (Isaiah 59:2).
Cast the rays of Thy divine guidance
upon the President,
the Vice President,
the Senators
and all the leaders of our beloved country.
Enable them to solve
in the light of Thine eternal truth
the manifold social, economic, and political problems
which plague our country and the world.
In this era when our sincere desires for lasting peace
are frustrated by events in Southeast Asia and the Middle East,
when evil has captivated the attention of many of our generation,
and mankind is living “As it is with the fishes of the sea,
the one that is larger swallowing the others” (Abodah Zarah 4a.3)
may it be Thy will to grant peace and mercy unto us.
Make Thy divine prophecy soon come to pass
when nations “shall beat their swords into plowshares
and their spears into pruning hooks”;
when “nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war anymore.” (Isaiah 2:4)
Spread, O Lord, the mantle of peace over all the earth,[1] Cf. the prayer Hashkivenu 
with all mankind dwelling in brotherhood and tranquility.

This prayer of the guest chaplain was offered in the fifth month of the first session of the 90th US Congress in the Senate, and published in the Congressional Record, vol. 113, part 10 (23 May 1967), page 13458.


Congressional Record, vol. 113, part 10 (23 May 1967), p. 13458



1Cf. the prayer Hashkivenu



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