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 60

      Tobacco

      Jewish authorities have much to say about using, and abusing, this substance.

    • MJL Author Article 61

      Repentance

      The High Holidays provide a special opportunity to repent.

    • MJL Author Article 62

      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.

    • MJL Author Article 63

      Reincarnation: The Transmigration of a Jewish Idea

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

    • MJL Author Article 64

      Judah Halevi

      A Spanish poet, philosopher, and proto-Zionist.

    • MJL Author Article 65

      Asceticism

      Practices depend on individual temperament and social conditions of the time.

    • MJL Author Article 66

      Samuel David Luzzatto (Shadal)

      Though religiously observant, this Bible commentator was not averse to textual criticism.

    • MJL Author Article 67

      Rabbi Zechariah Frankel

      Leader of the Wissenschaft and founder of Conservative Judaism.

    • MJL Author Article 68

      Sufism

      Sufi ideas found their way into Jewish mystical literature through Bahya Ibn Pakudah and the Kabbalist Isaac of Acre.

    • MJL Author Article 69

      Kiddush

      Sanctifying Sabbath and holidays, with special blessings over wine.


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