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


Jewish law's response to slander over the ages moved from strong disapproval to imposing real communal consequences.

Jewish Attitudes Toward Death

A brief summary of traditional Jewish views of death--including its tragedy and its inevitability.

Yom Kippur Katan

A fast day associated with the new moon.

Judaism and Repentance

Jewish thinking tries to strike a balance between responsibility and forgiveness.

Classical Understandings of Mitzvot and their Reasons

The rabbinic sages and later philosophers and mystics offered many ways to categorize the mitzvot and explain their significance.

Why Tzedakah Is Spiritually Important

Rabbinic sources, both ancient and modern, suggest that tzedakah plays an important role in the spiritual life of the donor.

Why Holidays Like Shavuot Last Longer Outside Israel

Some festivals are two days in the Diaspora, but only one day in Israel.

Shabbat and Festivals: What You’re Allowed to Do and When

Work prohibition depends on the type of festival

Tzedakah vs. Gemilut Chasadim: Is It Better To Give Money or Time?

What is the difference between charity and benevolence?

The Ten Martyrs (Martyrology)

Who are the individuals mentioned in the Yom Kippur service?