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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      Reward and Punishment

      A concept that accounts for suffering, but also contributes to the problem of its existence.

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      Rashi

      From his day until the present, Rashi has been the most beloved of all medieval teachers.

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      Responsa

      Rabbinic responses to questions of Jewish law enrich the body of Halakhic literature.

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      Loving and Fearing God

      Should Jews feel one emotion over the other--or both equally?

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      Herem

      Traditional ban separating a person from the rest of the community.

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      Cain and Abel

      Classic tale of brothers and murder.

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      Heresy in Judaism

      Various movements within the religion have been viewed heretical by those who disagreed with them.

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      Hasidic Ideas

      Though Hasidism is not a homogenous philosophy, there are certain ideas common to its many subgroups.

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      Suicide in Jewish Tradition and Literature

      Suicide is deemed a grave sin, yet Jewish legal authorities are alert to mitigating circumstances.

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      Tefillin (Phylacteries)

      Tefillin are not amulets. They are reminders of God's laws.


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