Articles By Rabbi Louis Jacobs

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    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.


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      Jewish Views on Miracles

      To what extent should Jews believe that miracles occurred in the past and continue to occur today?

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      Heinrich Graetz

      A historian of Judaism with a deep faith in tradition.

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      Jewish Amulets

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

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      Cherubim

      Winged creatures associated with the Ark puzzled Jewish scholars.

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      Holy Sparks

      A kabbalistic concept of the light found in all creation.

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      The Brit Milah (Bris) Ceremony

      The basics of this ceremony for an eight-day-old Jewish boy

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      Ecological Concerns in Rabbinic Literature

      The ancient rabbinic sages did not see degradation of the natural environment as a systemic problem: but we can learn from their legislation addressing the more local environmental issues of which they were aware.

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      The Haggadah

      A brief overview of the book that serves as guide, script, and liturgy of the Passover seder.

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      Panentheism and Judaism

      Jews have flirted with the doctrine that all creation is embraced in God.

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      The Death Penalty in Jewish Tradition

      Though the Torah prescribed capital punishment for certain crimes, the rabbis moderated its use.


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