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.


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      Spinoza

      One of the most significant figures in the history of philosophy, Spinoza was excommunicated by the Jewish community.

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      Asceticism

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

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      Rabbi Zechariah Frankel

      Leader of the Wissenschaft and founder of Conservative Judaism.

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      Maharal of Prague

      An original Jewish thinker, influential far beyond the golem he created.

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      Kiddush

      Sanctifying Sabbath and holidays, with special blessings over wine.

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      Syncretism and Judaism

      Throughout history Jews have accepted some influences of outside religions and cultures, and rejected others.

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      Holiness: Everyone's Duty or a Saintly Ideal?

      Is it enough to live up the requirements of Jewish law for one to be holy? Is sanctity in this life possible for all of us—or only for a few saintly people?

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      Hermeneutics (Drash)

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

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      Truth and Lies in the Jewish Tradition

      Jewish moralist literature sets a high standard of truthtelling, but one not without exceptions.

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      Rabbi: Teacher, Preacher, Judge -- But Not Priest

      The traditional rabbinate harks back to ancient practice, but is in fact a changing institution, first formalized in the fourteenth century.


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