The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Rabbi Gershon Avtzon

Yeshivas Lubavitch Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH

Sponsor: Rep. Brad Wenstrup, (R-OH)
Date of Prayer: 07/25/2019

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Mr. WENSTRUP. Mr. Speaker, I would like to take this opportunity to
thank the rabbi for coming to the Capitol today to share with us a time in prayer, a time when we often need it.

America has been through many battles. We have many debates. But we
always come out strong, and we come out together, at the end of the day.

I thank the rabbi for his kind prayer and thoughtfulness as we
proceed forward as a Nation.;

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Almighty God, master of the universe, I invoke Your blessing today on the Members of this honorable institution, the House of Representatives of the United States of America. May they humbly serve their constituencies, aware that creating just legislation is one of the seven laws that You, almighty God, gave all humanity through Noah, as detailed in Genesis.

Almighty God, as a descendant of Chassidic Jews who fled the Stalinist regime that persecuted religious observance, I am especially grateful and blessed to be in America, the nation called the "country of kindness" by the great spiritual leader of our generation, the Lubavitcher Rebbe Melech HaMoshiach, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson. We thank you for the freedom we have here to practice our faith, and we pray for those who still suffer persecution around the world.

While legislating, by definition, includes differences of opinion and rigorous debate, I pray that we, nevertheless, anticipate our shared bright future in the time of redemption and, thus, remain "one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." Amen.

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