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 120

      The Hafetz Hayyim

      One of the most influential Jewish religious figures of the twentieth century established his reputation first and foremost as an opponent of lashon hara, evil speech.

    • MJL Author Article 121

      Electricity on Shabbat

      Why did the rabbis forbid electricity to be used on Shabbat? That wasn't in the Torah!

    • MJL Author Article 122

      Reincarnation: The Transmigration of a Jewish Idea

      Though some Jewish thinkers vigorously rejected the notion of reincarnation, kabbalists embraced it enthusiastically.

    • MJL Author Article 123

      Judah Halevi

      A Spanish poet, philosopher, and proto-Zionist.

    • MJL Author Article 124

      Asceticism

      Practices depend on individual temperament and social conditions of the time.

    • MJL Author Article 125

      Rabbi Zechariah Frankel

      Leader of the Wissenschaft and founder of Conservative Judaism.

    • MJL Author Article 126

      Kiddush

      Sanctifying Sabbath and holidays, with special blessings over wine.

    • MJL Author Article 127

      Holiness: Everyone's Duty or a Saintly Ideal?

      Is it enough to live up the requirements of Jewish law for one to be holy? Is sanctity in this life possible for all of us—or only for a few saintly people?

    • MJL Author Article 128

      Responsa

      Rabbinic responses to questions of Jewish law enrich the body of Halakhic literature.

    • MJL Author Article 129

      Truth and Lies in the Jewish Tradition

      Jewish moralist literature sets a high standard of truthtelling, but one not without exceptions.


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