17 December 2012

Opening Blessing from Today's Proceedings

Invocation for Proceedings of the Electoral College
New York State Capitol
December 17, 2012

Rabbi Andy Bachman
Brooklyn, NY


אל מלא רחמים, Source of Mercy, Source of Strength, Source of Compassion:  We begin with the offering of silence for the families of Newtown:  May the sweet souls of their pure and innocent children and their teachers live on forever in blessing.


When our Founders declared the words from Leviticus, "Proclaim Liberty Throughout the Land Unto All the Inhabitants Thereof" they were forging forward for an American proposition that if all are equal it is because our Scriptural traditions teach that man and woman are made in the Divine Image.  

The God of all people made us free to choose--between Liberty and Tyranny, between Good and Evil, between Life and Death.

And as citizens of this great state, Source of Life, you endow us with the sacred responsibility to choose our leaders who protect our freedom and guard the safety & well-being of us all--from the blessed humble to the privileged proud.

We ask you, God, to guide our leaders to do good, to love mercy and to walk humbly with their God--in service to our state, our nation and all of humanity.


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