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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      The Musar Movement

      A move to introduce more study of piety into the Lithuanian Yeshivah curriculum.

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      The Get, or Bill of Divorce

      The get is the bill of divorce that the husband gives to the wife to release her from the marriage.

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      Tithing

      The Rabbis developed an elaborate system of tithing produce, mostly to provide livelihood for priests and Levites.

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      Angels

      Messengers of God who appear in traditional texts--but discomfort some Jewish thinkers.

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      Jacob Emden

      Scholar quarreled with almost all his contemporaries.

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      Johanan ben Zakkai

      Student of Hillel contributed to the continued study of Torah and the protection of the Sanhedrin.

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      Ecclesiastes (Kohelet)

      A biblical book with a message for Sukkot.

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      Ecclesiastes

      Despite the cynical tone of Ecclesiastes, it has been given a place of joy and honor in the Jewish cycle of readings.

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      Levi Yitzhak of Berditchev

      The most lovable figure in Hasidic folklore.

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      Samson Raphael Hirsch: The Father of Neo-Orthodoxy

      The 19th-century rabbi who shaped a modern Orthodox community in bridging traditional practice and Enlightenment thinking.


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