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 120

      Tefillin (Phylacteries)

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

    • MJL Author Article 121

      The Tosafot

      The Tosafists--beginning with Rashi's family and students--continued the conversation with their glosses on the text of the Talmud.

    • MJL Author Article 122

      Birthdays and Judaism

      Celebration was not always encouraged, but certain ages carry special meanings.

    • MJL Author Article 123

      Faith Healing

      Curing with supernatural powers is viewed with skepticism in Judaism.

    • MJL Author Article 124

      Samuel David Luzzatto (Shadal)

      Though religiously observant, this Bible commentator was not averse to textual criticism.

    • MJL Author Article 125

      Rabbi Judah the Prince

      Editor of the Mishnah.

    • MJL Author Article 126

      Sufism

      Sufi ideas found their way into Jewish mystical literature through Bahya Ibn Pakudah and the Kabbalist Isaac of Acre.

    • MJL Author Article 127

      Ordination (Semihah)

      How does a rabbi become a rabbi?

    • MJL Author Article 128

      The Zohar's Influence

      Few post-talmudic works have been as revered as the Zohar, the mystical commentary on the Torah.

    • MJL Author Article 129

      The Book of Psalms

      Traditional & modern views of the Book of Psalms, and the role of Psalms in Jewish liturgy


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