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.

Articles by Rabbi Louis Jacobs

Hermeneutics (Drash)

A method for learning Torah, developed by the rabbis of the Talmud.

Ordination (Semicha)

How does a rabbi become a rabbi?

Compassion and Tzedakah

The role these values play in Judaism.

The Great Assembly (Anshe Kenesset)

A body of spiritual leaders of Judaism dating from the time of Moses.

Mixed Dancing in Judaism

Jewish men and women didn't always dance together. Some of them still don't.

Do Jews Believe in Demons?

Though the idea of demons raises concerns about divine providence, belief in demons developed among some Jews throughout history.

Israel Zangwill

Writer expressed the struggles of a modern Jew trying to straddle two worlds.

Rabbi Yose

Early teacher of Jewish law and theology.

The Witch of Endor

Debate about this biblical story raises key theological issues.

Writing a Will

The Rabbis interpret a will as an elaborate gift, making it permissible within Jewish law.