The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Rabbi Dovid Cohen

Young Israel of the West Side
New York, NY

Sponsor: Rep. Eric Cantor, (R-VA)
Date of Prayer: 07/10/2014

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Master of the Universe, continue to grant compassion and understanding to this august body. We live in a world ‘‘on fire,'' where there is turmoil throughout the globe; a world that is ravaged by terror and barbarism; a world where youthful potential and its rich contributions are instantaneously destroyed.

Yesterday, in these hallowed Halls, the United States Congress posthumously honored Raoul Wallenberg for his humanitarian efforts in saving Jews during the Holocaust. Please, God, enable this body to continue to advocate for decency and be the moral compass of our Nation.

Next week begins the 3–week period of Jewish mourning over the destruction of our temples in Jerusalem. It is an inauspicious time, a time focused on the iniquity of baseless hatred between brothers. Please, God, enable this institution to serve as a reminder that in a world of darkness, one small candle can light up the world.


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