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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      Cherubim

      Winged creatures associated with the Ark puzzled Jewish scholars.

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      Azariah de Rossi

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

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      Holy Sparks

      A kabbalistic concept of the light found in all creation.

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      Gematria

      Assigning numerical values to letters yields infinite interpretations.

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      The Brit Milah (Bris) Ceremony

      The basics of this ceremony for an eight-day-old Jewish boy

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      Ecological Concerns in Rabbinic Literature

      The ancient rabbinic sages did not see degradation of the natural environment as a systemic problem: but we can learn from their legislation addressing the more local environmental issues of which they were aware.

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      The Haggadah

      A brief overview of the book that serves as guide, script, and liturgy of the Passover seder.

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      Heinrich Graetz

      A historian of Judaism with a deep faith in tradition.

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      Blasphemy in Judaism

      While the offense was once punishable by death, Jews do not enforce the rules anymore.

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      Menahem Meiri

      This medieval talmudist's religious tolerance was ahead of his time.


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