The world watched Rabbi Gershon Avtzon, of Yeshivas Lubavitch Cincinnati, delivered the Rebbe’s message from the podium of the United States House of Representatives on July 25.
Rabbi Avtzon was invited by his U.S. Congressman, Brad Wenstrup (R–2nd District), who had visited the Yeshiva earlier this year.
The Rabbi had previously given the invocation at the Ohio Statehouse. He writes a monthly column – Lessons From Life – From Life – in The American Israelite.
The invocation was written by the Rabbi and approved in advance by the office of the chaplaincy of the House of Representatives.
The staff of the congressman greeted the family of Rabbi Avtzon, and gave them exclusive access to some of the inner parts of the building of Congress, like the balcony of the Speaker of the House and the room where the president waits before he begins his State of the Union address.
Rabbi Avtzon was also in contact with the office of Sen. Rob Portman (R – Ohio) and they arranged for a group picture on the steps of the senate.
The senator was delayed for a few minutes, so the family started dancing and just then the senator came and joined the dancing and asked that his staff join as well!
The congressman and the senator spoke strongly of their support of Eretz Yisroel, and the Jewish people and they have committed to continue working with Rabbi Avtzon on issues of importance to the Jewish community.