Rabbi Abba Cohen, Agudath Israel of America’s Vice President for Government Affairs and Washington Director and Counsel, was honored to participate yesterday, May 2, 2019, in a National Day of Prayer hosted at the White House by President Trump. The evening before, Rabbi Cohen sat at President and Mrs. Trump’s table at a White House dinner held in honor of the National Day of Prayer.
The text of Rabbi
Your servant, King David, wrote, “This is the day that the
Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
You, Dear G-d, in the light of your countenance, bless each
person, each new day, with untold possibilities, with hope and opportunity. And
today, at the White House with the President, we especially rejoice as we
celebrate our national heritage of belief in You, the Creator, and in the
reality that G-d hears our prayers and that it is in You in whom we trust.
This day falls out during the week that the President has proclaimed
the days of National Holocaust Remembrance. And it is fitting. For to eradicate
unspeakable horror, humanity must indeed act to do its part, but we must also
turn to You, Merciful G-d, and pray for the blessings of peace, love and
brotherhood among our fellow men and women, who are all created in Your image.
We need You desperately to heal us and to help us overcome our divisions and
instill within ourselves Your will to “Love They Neighbor.”
As we are devastated by, and continue to reel from, the wanton
murder and mayhem at Chabad of Poway, and as we are also inspired by the
profound faith, heroism and open miracles that occurred there, we plead with
You, dear G-d, to remove the hatred from the hearts of those who would commit
such heinous acts in synagogues in Poway and Pittsburgh, in mosques in New
Zealand, and in churches in Sri Lanka. We will trust in You, and we shall
This week, when we remember incomprehensible cruelty and the
evil of genocide, we find joy in the fact that we live in a nation that is a
beacon of freedom and benevolence. A nation that extends its hand to the
vulnerable and disadvantaged, and puts within the reach of its citizens the
promise of prosperity and the pursuit of happiness. A nation that seeks peace
and security for its people, and the end of terror and violence against
innocents. A nation that is rooted in the guiding principles of equal justice
under law, including protecting religious liberty and combatting anti-Semitism,
at home and abroad.
This week, when we remember goose stepping jackboots that
instilled fear and terror in good and innocent people, we find joy in the fact
that we have a military, law enforcement and other first responders who inspire
pride, confidence and comfort. We plead with You, merciful G-d, who never
slumbers nor sleeps, to provide them and their families Your constant
protection as they risk their lives, and to console those whose loved ones have
made the ultimate sacrifice.
Almighty G-d, we thank You for this “Nation of Loving
Kindness.” And for the great privilege and joy of living here. May You
continue to protect it, and to shower Your blessings upon it. And may we merit
Your love, now and always. Amen.