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.


    • MJL Author Article 110

      Jewish Views on Miracles

      To what extent should Jews believe that miracles occurred in the past and continue to occur today?

    • MJL Author Article 111

      The Death Penalty in Jewish Tradition

      Though the Torah prescribed capital punishment for certain crimes, the rabbis moderated its use.

    • MJL Author Article 112

      Jewish Amulets

      Belief in the power of amulets persisted widely among Jews for many centuries, and still exists in some communities today.

    • MJL Author Article 113

      Blasphemy in Judaism

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

    • MJL Author Article 114

      Gershom of Mayyence

      German legal authority created famous ban against divorcing a wife against her will.

    • MJL Author Article 115

      The Ten Martyrs (Martyrology)

      Who are the individuals mentioned in the Yom Kippur service?

    • MJL Author Article 116

      Slander

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

    • MJL Author Article 117

      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.

    • MJL Author Article 118

      Panentheism and Judaism

      Jews have flirted with the doctrine that all creation is embraced in God.

    • MJL Author Article 119

      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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