Inauguration Day Prayer for President Dwight D. Eisenhower by Rabbi Dr. Louis Finkelstein (1957)

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God of our fathers,
grant Dwight David Eisenhower
and Richard Milhous Nixon
the blessings sought of Thee for all mankind
by the saint Rab
16 centuries ago
in Babylonia.

Give them long life,
life of peace,
life of happiness,
above all
life which may prove a blessing to mankind.

Do Thou fulfill in their days
and in ours
Thy promise to the prophets,
that Thou wilt cause fear of Thee
to enter the hearts of all Thy creatures,
so that mankind may become one society,
dedicated with a complete heart
to performance of Thy will.

May wickedness be silenced,
may the rule of arrogance vanish,
and Thou alone reign over all.

Our Father and our King,
may our time be ripe
for Thine own intervention
as of yore,
to inspire us to obey Thee,
that all mankind may join us in Thy service,
for their own sake,
and for the sake of Thy holy name.
Amen.

This prayer at the second inauguration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower by Rabbi Dr. Louis Finkelstein, chancellor, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, was recorded in the United States’ Congressional Record for January 20, 1957.

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Inauguration Day Prayer for President Dwight D. Eisenhower by Dr. Louis Finkelstein (1957)

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