On Tuesday morning, Rabbi Schneur Oirechman the Shliach to Florida's capitol of Tallahassee delivered the invocation at the inaguaral prayer breakfast that was part of the day long inauguration ceremonies being held for Florida's Governor Charlie Crist and Lt. Governor Jeff Kottkamp.
When Rabbi Oirechman concluded he was giving a rousing round of applause and the Governor got up and hugged him!
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It is my honor to begin with the Biblical priestly blessing: “May the L-rd bless you and watch over you; May the L-rd make His countenance shine upon you, and favor you; May the L-rd lift His countenance toward you and grant you peace.”
Almighty G-d father in Heaven. May it be your will, that your blessings be granted to the Honorable Charlie Crist, our new Governor of the State of Florida, and the Honorable Jeff Kottkamp, our new Lieutenant Governor of the State of Florida,
May they be endowed with Divine inspiration as they commence their term in office, and with a spirit of wisdom, a spirit of understanding, and a spirit of counsel:
Wisdom to turn adversity into opportunity, to transform the challenges of today into the seeds from which will sprout the successes of tomorrow;
Understanding to properly direct the resources of government according to the needs of all citizens; and Counsel to unite us all in working for a better Florida.
The Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneersohn, would continuously remind us that our country, The United States of America, is a nation of deep faith and great kindness.
At the 127 Chabad-Lubavitch Centers throughout the state of Florida we daily live the motto of our Rebbe, “one little light can dispel much darkness”. Every good deed brings healing and unity to a world so fractured, making it a more G-dly and kinder place.
Let our beautiful state serve as a beacon of sunshine and a force for good, and may Florida join its sister states of this blessed union in tipping the scale of good and evil for the entire world at large, for the good.
Almighty G-d, bless our troops that they ensure a stable and safe world, and, especially for so many who call Florida home, that they prevail and return safely home.
May it be Your will, Almighty G-d, that our distinguished Governor and Lieutenant Governor find fulfillment, strength and joy in their calling, as they lead and serve the people of Florida.
May they go from strength to strength as they embark upon this new era of leadership of this great state.
Oseh Shalom Bimromav Hu Yaaseh Shalom Aleinu V’al Kal Yisrael V’Imru Amen. He who makes peace in His Heavens, may He make peace for us and for all mankind.
And let us all say, Amen.