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

      Fanaticism in Judaism

      Scholars warned: "Be not righteous overmuch."

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      Need for Tzedakah

      Rabbinic sources, both ancient and modern, suggest that tzedakah plays an important role in the spiritual life of the donor.

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      Azariah de Rossi

      Medieval Italian scholar pioneered the 'scientific' study of the Jewish past.

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      Usury and Moneylending in Judaism

      Jewish law, rooted in biblical protections for the needy, forbids a Jewish creditor from profiting in any way from lending to another Jew.

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      Gematria

      Assigning numerical values to letters yields infinite interpretations.

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      The World to Come

      It's an individual Jew's ultimate reward, but the nature of the World to Come has always been disputed.

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      Martin Buber

      The creation of a Jewish existentialism--and a Jewish state.

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      Jewish Customs

      Minhagim have become incorporated into daily practice, like law.

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      Samuel Holdheim

      Reform leader saw halakhah no longer as binding according to Judaism itself.

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      Traditional Teachings on the Meaning of Kashrut

      Reasoning from Maimonides, Nahmanides, and the kabbalists.


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