Rabbi Louis Jacobs

Rabbi Dr. Louis Jacobs (1920-2006) was a Masorti rabbi, the first leader of Masorti Judaism (also known as Conservative Judaism) in the United Kingdom, and a leading writer and thinker on Judaism.


Articles by Rabbi Louis Jacobs

Hermeneutics (Drash)

A method for learning Torah, developed by the rabbis of the Talmud.

Ordination (Semicha)

How does a rabbi become a rabbi?

Compassion and Tzedakah

The role these values play in Judaism.

Electricity on Shabbat

Why did the rabbis forbid electricity to be used on Shabbat?

The Great Assembly (Anshe Kenesset)

A body of spiritual leaders of Judaism dating from the time of Moses.

Mixed Dancing in Judaism

Jewish men and women didn't always dance together. Some of them still don't.

Bat Kol – A Divine Voice

The lowest level of prophecy, but a mighty powerful voice.

Do Jews Believe in Demons?

Though the idea of demons raises concerns about divine providence, belief in demons developed among some Jews throughout history.

Jewish Amulets

Belief in the power of amulets persisted widely among Jews for many centuries, and still exists in some communities today.

Evil Eye in Judaism

Learn the origins of this superstition and the customs believed to protect people from its harm.