From the Congressional Record Online through GPO
Rabbi Gary Klein, Temple Ahavat Shalom, Palm Harbor, Florida, offered
the following prayer:
Religious traditions teach that people and God are to work together
to create a better world. Therefore, as we begin this day of work of
the House of Representatives, we pray first, O God, that You join with
medical professionals to help Congressman Scalise and others injured
with him experience complete recoveries.
We also pray that You bless the efforts of this legislative body so
that the collective courage, dedication, compassion, and wisdom of its
Members help this country maintain its position as “a light unto the
You have also taught us through the Talmud, a work of Jewish
religious literature, that trying to improve the world, even if you do
not complete the task, is life's most sacred duty. Help us and our
legislators to also understand the Talmudic concept that reinforces
this when it states: If you save a single life, it is as if you saved
the entire world.
O God, help each of us as Americans recognize the significance of the
work done by our legislators, and help us to always be grateful to
them. God, we also pray that You keep our legislators healthy and safe
so that they may continue their work of improving the world.