Rabbi Ari Wolf, Director of Administrative Services of Telshe Yeshiva and Cleveland Police Chaplain, delivered the following invocation at the opening of the Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, on Monday afternoon:
Please join me as we pray for G-d’s blessings for our success of our mission:
Avinu ShebaShamayim, Our Heavenly Father, we acknowledge Your Grace, Your Beneficence, we ask for Your blessings upon this Republican National Convention, and all those gathered here. We ask for Your blessings of our country and our people. And we seek your guidance and continued protection. L-rd G-d, we live in perilous and dangerous times. Today, our beloved country is under attack. Our family values, our moral principles, and even our very democracy is threatened. We beseech You for Your continued watchfulness and protections, as we renew our covenant of faith with You and with each other. L-rd, protect our leaders, protect the members of our armed forces who serve so valiantly. Bring them home when their noble missions are done. L-rd G-d, watch over and safeguard our police officers and all our first responders, who work each day and night, in every city, town and hamlet of our great nation to protect us and our freedoms. We ask you of this Oh L-rd, not because we have merit, but because we rely upon You and Your merciful grace. L-rd, please bless all those engaged in this convention, and that thy will be done in their deliberations.
Yevereacha Hashem ….
May G-d Bless you and keep you, May G-d shine His countenance upon you and be gracious to you. May G-d lift up His face to you, and give you peace, in a world of peace, and let us say Amen.