(Legislative day of Tuesday, January 3, 1989)
The Senate met at 9:15 a.m., on the expiration of the recess, and was called to order by the Honorable Herb Kohl, a Senator from the State of Wisconsin.The PRESIDING OFFICER. The prayer this morning will be offered by our guest, Rabbi Moshe Feller, who presides at Lubavitch House, St. Paul, MN
PRAYER (Senate - July 14, 1989)
Rabbi Moshe Feller of Lubavitch House offered the following prayer:
Let us pray:
Al-mighty G-d, Master of the Universe, we stand before You, in prayer, in this month of July when our Nation celebrates its establishment as an independent nation rooted in the belief in You, O Heavenly Father, as the Sovereign Ruler of men and nations.
Grant, Al-mighty G-d, that this Nation and its leaders be as cognizant of Your presence in their lives as were the founders of this Nation. Being G-d fearing individuals mindful of man's idolatrous tendency to worship material gain, they imprinted on this Nation's very currency `In G-d We Trust.' Mindful of the tendency of men of power to look upon themselves as sovereign rulers, they established the practice of humbling themselves before You, O Sovereign Ruler of men and nations, asking for Your guidance and assistance prior to their deliberations in the very portals of their power. Grant the leaders of this country Your assistance and guidance and bless them with good health and good cheer so that they may fulfill their vital tasks with joy and gladness of heart.
Al-mighty G-d, bless this Nation and its leaders in the merit of one of the spiritual giants of our time who found refuge in this country a half a century ago, and whose birthday is tomorrow.
Your servant, Rabbi Yosef Yitzckok Schneersohn, of blessed memory, the world renowed Lubavitcher rebbe, fled war-torn Europe for these shores of freedom in 1940, spending the final decade of his earthly existence as a distinguished citizen of these United States of America, laboring with great self-sacrifice to sanctify Your holy name throughout the world.
May his memory be for a blessing and his merit for a shield to the United States of America and its Government which provided him sanctuary and freedom to do Your sacred bidding. Amen.