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Maximilian Joseph Michelbacher

Rabbi Maximilian Joseph Michelbacher (1810-1879) was born in Oettingen, Bavaria and educated in Germany. Michelbacher emigrated to the United States in 1844, arriving in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1846, he became the rabbi at Congregation Beth Ahabah in Richmond, Virginia, where he remained through the Civil War and for the rest of his life. He married first Mary Rachel Traub (ca. 1817-1849) in Philadelphia 20 August 1845, and they had three children. After her death, he married Miriam Angle in Richmond 18 September 1850, and they had ten children.

Prayer of the Confederate States Soldiers, by Rabbi Max Michelbacher (ca. 1861)

Contributed on: 10 Jul 2022 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Maximilian Joseph Michelbacher |

This “Prayer for of the C.S. Soldiers” was written by Max Michelbacher of Congregation Beth Ahabah, Richmond, Virginia, and distributed to Jewish soldiers in the Confederate armed forces during the Slaveholders’ Rebellion (1861-1865). While this prayer is undated, we have tentatively given the date ca. 1861 given the proximity of Richmond, Virginia to the First Battle of Bull Run. . . .

Prayer on the Confederate Day of Fasting and Prayer, by Rabbi Max Michelbacher (27 March 1863)

Contributed on: 11 Jul 2022 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Maximilian Joseph Michelbacher |

This prayer by Rabbi Max Michelbacher was offered on 27 March 1863, a day appointed by Jefferson Davis for fasting and prayer, and published together with a sermon. . . .

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