It wasn’t only Jews and Jewish communities that marked the Rebbe’s 10th yahrzeit on Tuesday, June 22. In Washington D.C. the senate session opened with a prayer that invoked the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s memory and his gift to humankind.
Rabbi Moshe Feller, Chabad-Lubavitch representative to the Twin Cities, Minnesota, and the upper Midwest, was invited by Senator Norm Coleman of Minnesota (R) as guest chaplain. In his prayer, Rabbi Feller enumerated each of the seven Noahide laws binding upon all people, with special emphasis, apropos of the Senate, on the law “to govern by just laws.”
The Rebbe devoted many of his talks to the Seven Noahide Commandments as the Divine moral code for all humanity. “He also referred to the United States “as a ‘country of kindness,’” said Rabbi Feller in his prayer.
“Almighty G-d, I beseech You today to bless the United States Senate and our entire Nation in the merit of one of the spiritual giants of our time and of our country, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson of righteous, blessed memory, who passed away ten years ago today. The Rebbe labored with great love, dedication and self-sacrifice to make all mankind aware of Your sacred presence.”
This is the seventh time Rabbi Feller was sponsored to open the Senate session.