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 110

      Rashi and Rabbenu Tam: Two Sets of Tefillin

      Evidence from Qumran shows that the medieval debate about the order of biblical passages in tefillin has ancient roots.  

    • MJL Author Article 111

      Communal Prayer

      Isn't it better to pray alone, without distractions?

    • MJL Author Article 112

      Bimah

      Location of central platform caused controversy between Orthodox and Reform Jews.

    • MJL Author Article 113

      Rabbi Abraham Geiger

      Reform rabbi fought for movement's recognition as part of Jewish tradition.

    • MJL Author Article 114

      Kol Nidrei

      The evening service of Yom Kippur is named after this declaration

    • MJL Author Article 115

      Rashbam

      Rashbam read the Torah according to its most literal reading--even in contradiction of Jewish law.

    • MJL Author Article 116

      Franz Rosenzweig and the Founding of the Lehrhaus

      A review of the life, thought, and work of this influential 20th-century existentialist thinker and Jewish educator.

    • MJL Author Article 117

      Ritba (Rabbi Yom Tov Ishbili)

      Ritba's chief fame rests on his commentaries to the Talmud.

    • MJL Author Article 118

      Synagogue Architecture Requirements

      Jewish law may make no requirements or restrictions about architectural form, but one prominent 18th century rabbi issued a warning about copying the styles of the rich and famous.

    • MJL Author Article 119

      Beards, Sidelocks (Pe'ot), and Shaving

      All agree that there is no ban on shaving with an electric razor, but for many, beards have become a powerful symbol of Jewish manhood.


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