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

      Kiddush

      Sanctifying Sabbath and holidays, with special blessings over wine.

    • MJL Author Article 111

      Holiness: Everyone's Duty or a Saintly Ideal?

      Is it enough to live up the requirements of Jewish law for one to be holy? Is sanctity in this life possible for all of us—or only for a few saintly people?

    • MJL Author Article 112

      Truth and Lies in the Jewish Tradition

      Jewish moralist literature sets a high standard of truthtelling, but one not without exceptions.

    • MJL Author Article 113

      Rabbi: Teacher, Preacher, Judge -- But Not Priest

      The traditional rabbinate harks back to ancient practice, but is in fact a changing institution, first formalized in the fourteenth century.

    • MJL Author Article 114

      Spinoza

      One of the most significant figures in the history of philosophy, Spinoza was excommunicated by the Jewish community.

    • MJL Author Article 115

      Asceticism

      Practices depend on individual temperament and social conditions of the time.

    • MJL Author Article 116

      Jewish Existentialism

      Emphasis placed on human free will and what is true to an individual.

    • MJL Author Article 117

      Writing a Will

      The Rabbis interpret a will as an elaborate gift, making it permissible within Jewish law.

    • MJL Author Article 118

      Jacob ben Asher

      The author of the Arbaah Turim set the scene for the publication of Karo's Shulhan Arukh.

    • MJL Author Article 119

      The Sukkah

      A temporary dwelling


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