2001-04-07 / Letters

A Saint Among Us

A Saint Among Us

Dear Editor;

We were saddened by the death of Rabbi Joseph I. Weiss, a man of God loved by all who knew him. How fitting that his middle name was Isaac, son of Abraham, the father of nations. We pray he now rests with Abraham.

I am not sure whether there are saints in the Jewish religion, people who live exemplary lives and touch the lives of many others. Rabbi Weiss was an extraordinarily charitable, patient, self-denying, honest person. He was a Rotarian for 52 years, taking a large part of the charitable and worthwhile works the Club performed. He managed a discretionary fund; only he knew to which needy family or worthwhile purpose it was given. He helped found the Rockaway Catholic and Jewish Council, bringing people of different religions together to foster friendship and tolerance. He would often quote the Psalm, "Behold how good it is for brothers to dwell together in unity." And he would encourage us further to do what is just, to show constant love and to live in humble friendship with our God.

He died in a good old age full of riches and honors. In parting we say, "Well done, good and faithful servant."


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