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

      Suicide in Jewish Tradition and Literature

      Suicide is deemed a grave sin, yet Jewish legal authorities are alert to mitigating circumstances.

    • MJL Author Article 61

      Tefillin (Phylacteries)

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

    • MJL Author Article 62

      Responsa

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

    • MJL Author Article 63

      The Tosafot

      The Tosafists--beginning with Rashi's family and students--continued the conversation with their glosses on the text of the Talmud.

    • MJL Author Article 64

      Herem

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

    • MJL Author Article 65

      Birthdays and Judaism

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

    • MJL Author Article 66

      Rabbi Judah the Prince

      Editor of the Mishnah.

    • MJL Author Article 67

      The Zohar's Influence

      Few post-talmudic works have been as revered as the Zohar, the mystical commentary on the Torah.

    • MJL Author Article 68

      The Book of Psalms

      Traditional & modern views of the Book of Psalms, and the role of Psalms in Jewish liturgy

    • MJL Author Article 69

      The Law of the Parapet

      Extra precautions for safe home construction.


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