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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      Kol Nidrei

      The evening service of Yom Kippur is named after this declaration

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      Azariah de Rossi

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

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      Franz Rosenzweig and the Founding of the Lehrhaus

      A review of the life, thought, and work of this influential 20th-century existentialist thinker and Jewish educator.

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      Gematria

      Assigning numerical values to letters yields infinite interpretations.

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      Rashi and Rabbenu Tam: Two Sets of Tefillin

      Evidence from Qumran shows that the medieval debate about the order of biblical passages in tefillin has ancient roots.  

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      Communal Prayer

      Isn't it better to pray alone, without distractions?

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      Bimah

      Location of central platform caused controversy between Orthodox and Reform Jews.

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      Rabbi Abraham Geiger

      Reform rabbi fought for movement's recognition as part of Jewish tradition.

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      Karet

      What does it mean to be 'cut off' from the Jewish people?

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      Menahem Meiri

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


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