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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      Wissenschaft des Judenthums

      The new academic study of Judaism examined Jewish religion from the scholarly perspectives of theology, literature, and history.

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      Jewish Philosophy and Philosophies of Judaism

      It is more accurate to speak of Jewish philosophies than of a single Jewish philosophy.

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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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      The Synagogue Sermon

      The Rabbi's sermon has seen many changes throughout Jewish history.

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      Blasphemy in Judaism

      While the offense was once punishable by death, Jews do not enforce the rules anymore.

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      The Witch of Endor

      Debate about this biblical story raises key theological issues.

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      Noah's Flood

      Story, whether factual or not, finds similarities in Babylonian myth.

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      Kedushah

      Sanctifying God's name, like the angels.

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      Slander

      Jewish law's response to slander over the ages moved from strong disapproval to imposing real communal consequences.

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      Respect in the Synagogue

      Rabbinic restrictions on behavior in the synagogue reveal continuing tension between ordinary Jews' sense of being at home and at ease there, and the desire of rabbis to set it apart as a sacred place.


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