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.

    • MJL Author Article 100


      Judaism has a complex relationship with the ideal of martyrdom.

    • MJL Author Article 101


      Gambling, for the most part, is permitted in Judaism.

    • MJL Author Article 102

      Rabbinic Synods

      Rabbinic conventions can--following specific guidelines--amend Jewish law.

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      Kavvanah & Intention

      The role of Kavvanah in Jewish liturgy.

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      Confrontational Speech: The Requirement to Rebuke

      The Bible would have us offer reproof to others when we ourselves have been wronged; the ancient rabbis encouraged wider use of this sort of speech.

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      Tefillin: Spiritual Significance

      The details of this precept, using powerful symbols of allegiance to divine law and of membership in the Jewish religious community, have been subject to many interpretations.

    • MJL Author Article 106

      Community, Controversy, & Cooperation

      The tension between individual and communal needs cannot be resolved, but the two must be balanced.

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      Solomon Ibn Adret wrote numerous Medieval responsa.

    • MJL Author Article 108

      Lekhah Dodi

      This hymn, sung to welcome the Sabbath, has mystical origins.

    • MJL Author Article 109

      Fatherhood of God

      God's relationship as a parent is to Israel, not to Man.

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