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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      Widows in Jewish Tradition

      The Torah tells us to protect widows--but not all Jewish authorities recommend marrying them.

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      Repentance

      The High Holidays provide a special opportunity to repent.

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      The Hafetz Hayyim

      One of the most influential Jewish religious figures of the twentieth century established his reputation first and foremost as an opponent of lashon hara, evil speech.

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      Reincarnation: The Transmigration of a Jewish Idea

      Though some Jewish thinkers vigorously rejected the notion of reincarnation, kabbalists embraced it enthusiastically.

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      Judah Halevi

      A Spanish poet, philosopher, and proto-Zionist.

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      Bahya Ibn Asher

      Biblical commentator looked at Torah in both traditional and kabbalistic ways.

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      The Nishmat Prayer

      A thanksgiving hymn recited on Sabbath and holidays.

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      Syncretism and Judaism

      Throughout history Jews have accepted some influences of outside religions and cultures, and rejected others.

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      Kiddush

      Sanctifying Sabbath and holidays, with special blessings over wine.

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      Holiness: Everyone's Duty or a Saintly Ideal?

      Is it enough to live up the requirements of Jewish law for one to be holy? Is sanctity in this life possible for all of us—or only for a few saintly people?


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