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.

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      Jacob Frank and his Followers

      Frankist sect combined Kabbalistic, Shabbatean, and Christian beliefs.

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      Kohanim--Jewish 'Priests'

      Descendents of Aaron the priest enjoy special privileges.

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      Sefer Hasidim

      This medieval work describes the ideal life of the pious Jew.

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      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.

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      Mixed Dancing in Judaism

      Jewish men and women didn't always dance together. Some of them still don't.

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      Vows and Oaths

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

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

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      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.

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

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      Jacob Emden

      Scholar quarreled with almost all his contemporaries.

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