Thursday, April 7, 2011

Rabbi Efrem Goldberg - Invocation before US House of Representatives

Rabbi Efrem Goldberg, Senior Rabbi of Boca Raton Synagogue, delivered the Invocation before the US House of Representatives on April 5th, 2011.

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Our Father in Heaven – guard the members of our esteemed House of Representatives. Instill within them the wisdom, courage and determination to provide for the physical, as well as the spiritual, well–being of the citizens of this great country.

May this body which hosts rigorous and robust debate continue to embrace diversity without resulting in divisiveness. May it seek and celebrate unity without imposing uniformity.

May this House of Representatives, together with Houses of Worship across the land, promote justice, moral clarity, ethical living, righteousness, and acts of kindness.

As a grandchild of immigrants, who fled the Nazis and came to this country 72 years ago this month to find refuge, freedom, and opportunity, I join this House in a prayer of profound gratitude and deep appreciation for the blessings we, the people of the United States of America, are privileged to enjoy.

Master of the Universe – protect our courageous armed forces, watch over our elected leaders, grant peace and prosperity to these United States and the entire world, and let us respond, Amen.

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