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 160

      Tefillin (Phylacteries)

      Tefillin are not amulets. They are reminders of God's laws.

    • MJL Author Article 161

      Rabbinic Synods

      Rabbinic conventions can--following specific guidelines--amend Jewish law.

    • MJL Author Article 162

      The Tosafot

      The Tosafists--beginning with Rashi's family and students--continued the conversation with their glosses on the text of the Talmud.

    • MJL Author Article 163

      Birthdays and Judaism

      Celebration was not always encouraged, but certain ages carry special meanings.

    • MJL Author Article 164

      Rabban Gamaliel

      Many rabbis of the same name served as Nasi or Prince.

    • MJL Author Article 165

      Rabbi Judah the Prince

      Editor of the Mishnah.

    • MJL Author Article 166

      The Zohar's Influence

      Few post-talmudic works have been as revered as the Zohar, the mystical commentary on the Torah.

    • MJL Author Article 167

      Lekhah Dodi

      This hymn, sung to welcome the Sabbath, has mystical origins.

    • MJL Author Article 168

      The Book of Psalms

      Traditional & modern views of the Book of Psalms, and the role of Psalms in Jewish liturgy

    • MJL Author Article 169

      Rabbi Simeon ben Yohai

      According to the traditional view, this second century sage of the Mishnah also authored the Zohar.


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