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 30

      Heresy in Judaism

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

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      Hasidic Ideas

      Though Hasidism is not a homogenous philosophy, there are certain ideas common to its many subgroups.

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      Sacrifice

      Since the destruction of the Temples, Jews have struggled with the enduring meaning and legacy of the sacrificial rites.

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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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      Jewish Amulets

      Belief in the power of amulets persisted widely among Jews for many centuries, and still exists in some communities today.

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      Tefillin (Phylacteries)

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

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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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      Birthdays and Judaism

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

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      Rabban Gamaliel

      Many rabbis of the same name served as Nasi or Prince.

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      Ahad Ha-Am: Leader of Cultural Zionism

      Early Zionist philosopher.


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