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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      Jewish Fundamentalism

      Belief that the Bible, as interpreted by rabbinic tradition, is infallible.

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      Theodor Herzl

      The Foremost leader of Political Zionism

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      Jewish Attitudes Toward Death

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

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      Azariah de Rossi

      Medieval Italian scholar pioneered the 'scientific' study of the Jewish past.

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      Tallit (The Prayer Shawl)

      The corner fringes on this ritual garment remind the wearer of all the commandments in the Torah.

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      Gematria

      Assigning numerical values to letters yields infinite interpretations.

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      Hasidism & Its Discontents

      Traditionalists as well as modernists opposed Hasidism on social, theological and cultural grounds.

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      Eleazar Azikri

      Author of Yedid Nefesh and Sefer Haredim.

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      Rabbi Joshua

      This early Rabbi of the Mishnah regularly debated Rabbi Eliezer.

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      Hoshanah Rabbah

      The last day of Sukkot has its own rituals


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