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 200

      The Nishmat Prayer

      A thanksgiving hymn recited on Sabbath and holidays.

    • MJL Author Article 201

      Eulogy, or Hesped

      The eulogy delivered at the funeral honors the deceased by focusing on the person's achievements in life.

    • MJL Author Article 202

      Widows in Jewish Tradition

      The Torah tells us to protect widows--but not all Jewish authorities recommend marrying them.

    • MJL Author Article 203

      Rabbenu Tam

      The grandson of Rashi and leader of medieval French Jewry.

    • MJL Author Article 204

      Dov Baer of Lubavitch

      Hasidic scholar wrote extensively on the mystical mind.

    • MJL Author Article 205

      Or Ha-Hayyim

      Hayyim Ibn Atar was most famous for his Bible commentary with a mystical bent.

    • MJL Author Article 206

      Kosher Animals

      Mammals, birds, fish, and even some locusts are kosher only if they meet the exacting criteria set out in the Bible and rabbinic law.

    • MJL Author Article 207

      Maharal of Prague

      An original Jewish thinker, influential far beyond the golem he created.

    • MJL Author Article 208

      The Haggadah

      A brief overview of the book that serves as guide, script, and liturgy of the Passover seder.

    • MJL Author Article 209

      Syncretism and Judaism

      Throughout history Jews have accepted some influences of outside religions and cultures, and rejected others.


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