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 20

      Loving and Fearing God

      Should Jews feel one emotion over the other--or both equally?

    • MJL Author Article 21

      Tobacco

      Jewish authorities have much to say about using, and abusing, this substance.

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      Cain and Abel

      Classic tale of brothers and murder.

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      Heresy in Judaism

      Various movements within the religion have been viewed heretical by those who disagreed with them.

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      Suicide in Jewish Tradition and Literature

      Suicide is deemed a grave sin, yet Jewish legal authorities are alert to mitigating circumstances.

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      Tefillin (Phylacteries)

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

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      Samuel David Luzzatto (Shadal)

      Though religiously observant, this Bible commentator was not averse to textual criticism.

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      The Tosafot

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

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      Sufism

      Sufi ideas found their way into Jewish mystical literature through Bahya Ibn Pakudah and the Kabbalist Isaac of Acre.

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      Birthdays and Judaism

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


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