Friday, January 20, 2017
Today at 12 noon Donald Trump will take the oath of office as America's 45th president. It's an occasion that all Americans should celebrate. The peaceful transfer of power from one administration to another is a hallmark of American democracy, one that should be respected by all, regardless of political differences and voting history.
Coming on erev Shabbat, it's a reminder that in most synagogues a prayer is recited for the welfare of the president, vice-president, and all officers of the country. On November 9, the day after the election, Rabbi Tuly Weisz, speaking at an event at the Ramat Rachel Hotel in Jerusalem, said the prayer for the new president-elect and vice-president and all new office holders.
This Shabbat will be the first opportunity to say this prayer for the new administration.
This weekend is also the time for patriotic music, so we're sharing our favorite versions of our national anthems, including The Star Spangled Banner, God Bless America (sung by its creator, Irving Berlin), America the Beautiful, and the latest American anthem, Lee Greenwood's God Bless the USA.
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Prayer for the Government
The Star Spangled Banner sung by Hazamir
God Bless America sung by Irving Berlin
America the Beautiful sung by Willie Nelson
God Bless the USA sung by Lee Greenwood