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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      This practice is rare in Judaism and goes against the commandment to procreate.

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      Joseph Herman Hertz

      Orthodox rabbi best known for his edition of the chumash.

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      Judaism on Prostitution

      Condemnation of harlotry existed throughout Jewish history, though there is evidence that the practice was known in every time period.

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      Confrontational Speech: The Requirement to Rebuke

      The Bible would have us offer reproof to others when we ourselves have been wronged; the ancient rabbis encouraged wider use of this sort of speech.

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      Radbaz (Rabbi David Ben Zimra)

      Prolific author of responsa tackled significant issues in his time.

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      Tefillin: Spiritual Significance

      The details of this precept, using powerful symbols of allegiance to divine law and of membership in the Jewish religious community, have been subject to many interpretations.

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      Community, Controversy, & Cooperation

      The tension between individual and communal needs cannot be resolved, but the two must be balanced.

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      Baalei Teshuvah

      Once a name for sinners who repented, this term now describes those who return to Orthodoxy.

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      Gambling, for the most part, is permitted in Judaism.

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      Kavvanah & Intention

      The role of Kavvanah in Jewish liturgy.

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