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 230

      Electricity on Shabbat

      Why did the rabbis forbid electricity to be used on Shabbat? That wasn't in the Torah!

    • MJL Author Article 231

      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 232

      Ecological Concerns in Rabbinic Literature

      The ancient rabbinic sages did not see degradation of the natural environment as a systemic problem: but we can learn from their legislation addressing the more local environmental issues of which they were aware.

    • MJL Author Article 233

      The Haggadah

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

    • MJL Author Article 234

      Heinrich Graetz

      A historian of Judaism with a deep faith in tradition.

    • MJL Author Article 235

      Cherubim

      Winged creatures associated with the Ark puzzled Jewish scholars.

    • MJL Author Article 236

      Responsa

      Rabbinic responses to questions of Jewish law enrich the body of Halakhic literature.

    • MJL Author Article 237

      Holy Sparks

      A kabbalistic concept of the light found in all creation.

    • MJL Author Article 238

      Herem

      Traditional ban separating a person from the rest of the community.

    • MJL Author Article 239

      The Brit Milah (Bris) Ceremony

      The basics of this ceremony for an eight-day-old Jewish boy


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