The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Rabbi Hannah Spiro

Hill Havurah
Washington, DC

Date of Prayer: 09/05/2023

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Creator of the universe, as the Jewish New Year approaches, we ready ourselves for transitions and growth; beginnings and endings. We anticipate repair, learning, and forward movement in our country, and we prepare to handle challenges together.
The core Jewish belief imbuing this entire season is that of return. It is the idea that we are all born pure and beautiful, and as we move through our lives, we make mistakes or transgress, but every single day, and every new year, we have the power to return to our best selves through soul searching, healing, and making amends.
This new year, may each of us remember that potential within ourselves. May we return to our best selves; and as we do, may we see the beauty, inherent value, and possibility for positive change in all those around us. Together, may we co–create a sweet new year.

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