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Thou hast created this earth
as a habitable place
and in this wondrous setting
Thou hast placed us
that we may enjoy life.
Thou hast given us the earth
and all its increase . . .
fruit of the trees
and the many products of the field,
“wine that maketh glad the heart of man.” (Psalms 104:15)
Thou, Who hast endowed us with intelligence—
grant that in all things we may exercise wisdom and discretion—
grant that we may not abuse the gifts of Thy beneficence—
grant that our joy be not too riotous
and our indulgence not too unrestrained.
May our return to normalcy
augur well for the future of our Republic.
Guide Thou our footsteps in the path of moderation.
“On the Legalization of Beer” by Rabbi Norman Michael Goldburg, was offered before the California state legislature and published in California Legislature 50th Session 1933: Prayers Offered at the Daily Sessions of the Assembly, p. 32. The prayer is undated but appears between prayers dated to the end of January and the beginning of March 1933). 22 February 1933 was the date upon which the 21st amendment to the US Constitution was submitted to California (among other states) in advance of the repeal of the 18th amendment later that year.
“[Prayer] on the Legalization of Beer, by Rabbi Norman M. Goldburg (22 February 1933)” is shared through the Open Siddur Project with a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International copyleft license.
Works of related interest:
[Prayer] on the Inauguration of Franklin D. Roosevelt as President of the United States, by Rabbi Norman M. Goldburg (4 March 1933)