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

      Kohanim--Jewish 'Priests'

      Descendents of Aaron the priest enjoy special privileges.

    • MJL Author Article 121

      Jewish Views on Miracles

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

    • MJL Author Article 122

      Classical Understandings of Mitzvot and their Reasons

      The rabbinic sages and later philosophers and mystics offered many ways to categorize the mitzvot and explain their significance.

    • MJL Author Article 123

      Jewish Amulets

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

    • MJL Author Article 124

      Vows and Oaths

      The act of speaking an oath or a vow aloud gives it binding force in traditional Jewish law.

    • MJL Author Article 125

      Ecclesiastes

      Despite the cynical tone of Ecclesiastes, it has been given a place of joy and honor in the Jewish cycle of readings.

    • MJL Author Article 126

      The Get, or Bill of Divorce

      The get is the bill of divorce that the husband gives to the wife to release her from the marriage.

    • MJL Author Article 127

      Angels

      Messengers of God who appear in traditional texts--but discomfort some Jewish thinkers.

    • MJL Author Article 128

      Jacob Emden

      Scholar quarreled with almost all his contemporaries.

    • MJL Author Article 129

      Johanan ben Zakkai

      Student of Hillel contributed to the continued study of Torah and the protection of the Sanhedrin.


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