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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      Slander

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

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      Respect in the Synagogue

      Rabbinic restrictions on behavior in the synagogue reveal continuing tension between ordinary Jews' sense of being at home and at ease there, and the desire of rabbis to set it apart as a sacred place.

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      The Editing of the Talmud

      How the sages' debates across many generations became the monumental works known as the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmuds

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      Amen

      Word found at the end of prayers has a long, complex history.

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      Noah's Flood

      Story, whether factual or not, finds similarities in Babylonian myth.

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      The Masoretic Text

      The traditional--sometimes imperfect--Jewish version of the Torah text.

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      Kedushah

      Sanctifying God's name, like the angels.

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      Tannaim & Amoraim

      The great sages of the Mishnah and Talmud.

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      Electricity on Shabbat

      Why did the rabbis forbid electricity to be used on Shabbat? That wasn't in the Torah!

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      Haskalah in Russia and Galicia

      The development and expansion of the Jewish Enlightenment.


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