Rabbi James Jacobson-Maisels

Rabbi James Jacobson-Maisels teaches Jewish thought and mysticism at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem.

Articles by Rabbi James Jacobson-Maisels

The Song of Humanity

Song can remind us of our authentic selves and our genuine power.

Separation of Powers

The Torah provides a model for separating religious, judicial, and governing bodies -- to keep power in check.

How the Israelite Nation was Raised

Were they masters of their own destiny?

Heroic or Sinful?

Zealous acts are not always heroic.

Slowly Healing the World

Like Moses and Caleb, we make progress in fits and starts.

We Are All God’s Creatures

One of the Torah's central insights is its effort to minimize human ownership.

Leprosy and Other Plagues

We can sanctify our houses, clothes, and bodies by creating a more just society.

We Have Only Our Hearts

It is easy to feel disconnected from those who are most unlike us.

Negative and Positive Freedom

We are called on daily to "proclaim liberty throughout the land."

Two Sufferings That Are One

Exile and suffering are only too present in contemporary society.