The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Rabbi Elie Spitz

Congregation B'nai Israel
Tustin, CA

Sponsor: Rep. Tom Lantos, (D-CA)
Date of Prayer: 03/18/2004

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

None given;

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Rabbi Elie Spitz, Congregation B'nai Israel, Tustin, California, offered the following prayer :

Master of the Universe, may You bless our great country and its leaders. May You give them, our congressional leaders, the wisdom to discern the path of righteousness.

Scripture teaches: "Today, I place before you life and death, blessing and curse. Choose life."

Sixty years ago this day, the Germans invaded greater Hungary to oust the government and begin deportations of hundreds of thousands of Jews and others. Many of those who survived have modeled an affirmation of life and a passion for justice in the shadow of tragic loss.

May You, the Almighty, guide our congressional leaders toward affirming life and pursuing justice in all that they do. May they find Your light despite shadow.

Infuse their acts with strength and courage, memory and wise purpose, open hearts and outstretched hands.

Amen.

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