Remembering a beloved rabbi

August 12, 2011

It is sad that The Sun chose to announce the death of Rabbi Jacob A. Max with a very small article that dwelled primarily on a negative aspect of his life. Rabbi Max was so much more to generations of Jewish families.

He was there for us at happy times and celebrated our births, weddings, bar mitzvahs and bat mitzvahs. He shared our problems and calmed our fears. Rabbi Max stood right beside us during sicknesses and deaths. He was a part of our families and he made us know we were his family. There were times that he struggled to keep his synagogues on solid ground and functioning proudly in the community.

Rabbi Max was a man who was there for us to lessen the burden in our greatest sorrows. His presence made our greatest joys even happier. We should remember him for the long years of goodness and caring and participation in our families and our community. As a man, his goodness far outweighed any negativity. May he rest in peace.

Evelyn Fleischer Burns, Reisterstown

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