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 130

      Repentance

      The High Holidays provide a special opportunity to repent.

    • MJL Author Article 131

      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 132

      Rabbi: Teacher, Preacher, Judge -- But Not Priest

      The traditional rabbinate harks back to ancient practice, but is in fact a changing institution, first formalized in the fourteenth century.

    • MJL Author Article 133

      Rav and Samuel

      Early Amoraim engaged in respectful debate.

    • MJL Author Article 134

      Spinoza

      One of the most significant figures in the history of philosophy, Spinoza was excommunicated by the Jewish community.

    • MJL Author Article 135

      Golems

      Making Men of Clay: Can imitating God extend to the creative realm?

    • MJL Author Article 136

      Asceticism

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

    • MJL Author Article 137

      Rabbi Zechariah Frankel

      Leader of the Wissenschaft and founder of Conservative Judaism.

    • MJL Author Article 138

      Kiddush

      Sanctifying Sabbath and holidays, with special blessings over wine.

    • MJL Author Article 139

      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?


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