Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Lawrence Sernovitz on 4 June 2019

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 4 June 2019. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Bruce Lustig on 16 May 2019

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 16 May 2019. . . .

אַ געבעט פאַר דער אימונירונג | תְּפִלָּה לִפְנֵי חִסּוּן | Prayer before a Vaccination, by Hannah Katsman

A prayer in Hebrew to be said before a vaccination, with Yiddish and English translation. . . .

In Kinderloser Ehe | [Prayer for a Woman] In a Childless Marriage, by Fanny Neuda (1855)

Fanny Neuda’s teḥinah for women experiencing difficulty conceiving children. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. Senate: Rabbi David Philipson on 2 February 1904

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. Senate on 2 February 1904. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Abram Simon on 16 February 1905

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 16 February 1905. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Claudio J. Kogan on 12 March 2019

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 12 March 2019. . . .

Prayer for Israeli-Palestinian Solidarity, by Rabbi Ḥanan Schlesinger

A prayer for Israeli-Palestinian solidarity to mitigate the danger that comes when our particular identities greatly eclipse our universal identity as Bnei Adam. . . .

Prayer for Human Solidarity, by Rabbi Ḥanan Schlesinger

A prayer for human solidarity to mitigate the danger that comes when our particular identity as Bnei Yisrael greatly eclipses our universal identity as Bnei Adam. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Joshua Davidson on 16 June 2010

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 16 June 2010. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Efrem Goldberg on 5 April 2011

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 5 April 2011. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Jeremy Wiederhorn on 24 May 2011

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 24 May 2011. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Arnold E. Resnicoff on 6 February 2019

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 6 February 2019. . . .

תפילת תפילת הודיה לחברה למניעת אכזריות לילדים | Prayer of Thanksgiving for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (1954)

Prayer of Thanksgiving on the Occasion of the 70th Anniversary of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, to Be Recited on Sabbath 22nd May 1954 / 19th Iyyar 5714 after the Prayer of the Queen and the Royal Family (London: 1954, Office of the Chief Rabbi) . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. Senate: Rabbi Leslie Gutterman on 15 September 2011

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. Senate on 15 September 2011. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Jeffrey Astrachan on 7 February 2012

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 7 February 2012, for Four Chaplains Day (February 3rd). . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Aaron Melman on 31 May 2012

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 31 May 2012. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Joel Levenson on 10 July 2012

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 10 July 2012. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi David Algaze on 11 July 2012

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 11 July 2012. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Steven Weil on 20 September 2012

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 20 September 2012. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. Senate: Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl on 29 November 2012

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. Senate on 29 November 2012. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. Senate: Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks on 2 November 2011

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. Senate on 2 November 2011. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. Senate: Rabbi Arnold E. Resnicoff on 16 June 2003

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. Senate on 16 June 2003. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. Senate: Rabbi Arnold E. Resnicoff on 13 June 2003

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. Senate on 13 June 2003. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. Senate: Rabbi Arnold E. Resnicoff on 21 May 2003

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. Senate on 21 May 2003. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. Senate: Rabbi Arnold E. Resnicoff on 19 May 2003

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. Senate on 19 May 2003. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. Senate: Rabbi Arnold E. Resnicoff on 5 May 2003

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. Senate on 5 May 2003. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. Senate: Rabbi Arnold E. Resnicoff on 29 April 2003

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. Senate on 29 April 2003. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. Senate: Rabbi Arnold E. Resnicoff on 28 April 2003

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. Senate on 28 April 2003. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. Senate: Rabbi Arnold E. Resnicoff on 22 January 2003

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. Senate on 22 January 2003. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Arnold E. Resnicoff on 20 November 2018

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 20 November 2018. . . .

תפילה להפך – מאבן בֹחן | Prayer for Transformation, from the poem Even Boḥan (“Touchstone”) by Rabbi Qalonymus ben Qalonymus ben Meir (1322 C.E.)

This prayer of רבי קלונימוס בן קלונימוס Kalonymus ben Kalonymus that appears in his ספר אבן בוחן, יג Even Boḥan (§13), was first published in English translation by Rabbi Steven Greenberg in Wrestling with Gods and Men: Homosexuality in the Jewish Tradition (University of Wisconsin Press 2004) p.118-120, and online at Eshel to commemorate the International Transgender Day of Rememberance (on November 20). . . .

הברכה שמח תשמח | Blessing for Joy: A Poetic Rendering of Sheva Brakhah no. 6 (Same’aḥ T’samaḥ), by Daniel Kieval

This is a poetic rendering of the sixth blessing (of the Sheva Brakhot/7 Blessings) for a wedding. It riffs off of themes and language in the Hebrew text of joy, love, and companionship, and invocations of the Garden of Eden, creation, and eternity. Written originally for the wedding of friends; I hope you’ll feel free to adapt and rework it however suits your needs! . . .

Am Thora-Freudenfest | [A prayer] on Simḥat Torah, by Fanny Neuda (1855)

This is Fanny Neuda’s prayer “on Simḥat Torah,” faithfully transcribed and proofread with the help of German Wikisource contributors from Fanny Neuda’s Stunden Der Andacht (1855), p. 66-67. We are happy to share your translation of Neuda’s tkhines in any language. The translation provided here was made by Julia Watts Belser for Hours of Devotion: Fanny Neuda’s Book of Prayers for Jewish Women (ed. Dinah Berland, Schocken 2007), and set here for the first time side-by-side with Neuda’s original German. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Hannah Spiro on 24 September 2018

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 24 September 2018. . . .

Piyyutim to Introduce the First Aliyot of Each Book in the Torah, by Isaac Gantwerk Mayer

These are piyyutim written in a traditional style, meant to introduce the opening of each book in the Torah. These piyyutim can be used at any time the opening line of the reading is said – on the Shabbat Minḥa/Monday/Thursday prior to the reading OR on the Shabbat morning of the reading proper. Because of this, the sheets arranged including the readings use two sizes – a larger size for the shorter first reading for weekdays, and a smaller size for the full first reading on Shabbatot. They can only be read when the first verse of the book is read. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Robert Silvers on 17 April 2013

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 17 April 2013. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. Senate: Rabbi Michael Beals on 23 May 2013

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. Senate on 23 May 2013. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. Senate: Rabbi Moshe Feller on 11 June 2013

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. Senate on 11 June 2013. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Joshua Gruenberg on 13 November 2013

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 13 November 2013. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld on 23 May 2014

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 23 May 2014. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Stephen Roth on 29 May 2014

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 29 May 2014. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Eytan Hammerman on 11 June 2014

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 11 June 2014. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. Senate: Rabbi Doniel Ginsberg on 12 June 2014

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. Senate on 12 June 2014. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Michael Lotker on 18 June 2014

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 18 June 2014. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Israel Zoberman on 25 June 2014

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 25 June 2014. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Dovid Cohen on 10 July 2014

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 10 July 2014. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. Senate: Rabbi Israel Zoberman on 11 December 2014

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. Senate on 11 December 2014. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Michael Siegel on 30 April 2015

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 30 April 2015. . . .

תְּפִלָה לְחַג הָעֲבוֹדָה | Prayer for Labor Day, by Isaac Gantwerk Mayer

This is a petition for the worker in the style of “Av Haraḥamim” and similar texts, using Biblical and Mishnaic language and co-opting it into a new meaning. It could be read after the Torah service (like many other petitionary texts) or focused on in private. The Biblical relationship between God, humanity, and labor is fascinating. Often it is treated as a curse placed upon us, and just as often as the purpose of humanity. In Genesis 3:19 it is the curse placed upon a disobedient First Adam, but less than a chapter earlier in Genesis 2:15 it is the reason for First Adam’s creation in the first place! In the past century or so, traditional Judaism has somewhat tilted away from the ideas of worker’s rights so clearly stated in the Tanakh and in rabbinic texts. Partially this was to disassociate from the Bundists, partially out of fear of “looking too Communist” in a xenophobic American society, and partially because the Jewish working class is nowhere near as substantial a part of the community as it once was. If this text is meant to do anything, it’s to show that love of God and love of the worker aren’t opposed to each other – in fact, they go hand in hand! . . .


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