UK Chief Rabbi Delivers Invocation Prayer at US Senate

Jonathan Sacks is first British Jewish community leader to fulfill the honor, says world must “honor the dignity of difference.” Rabbi Sacks was a guest of Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Connecticut).

Britain’s Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks delivered the Invocation prayer in the US Senate on Wednesday, becoming the first Jewish community leader from the UK to fulfill the honor.

Traditionally recited at the opening of each session of the Senate, it was the first time a British chief rabbi has been invited to deliver the prayer as guest chaplain.

Sacks was a guest of Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Connecticut). The prayer is usually performed by the chaplain of the United States Senate, though occasionally guest chaplains, recommended by senators, are invited to deliver the session’s opening prayer in his place.


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