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 190

      The Death Penalty in Jewish Tradition

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

    • MJL Author Article 191

      The Law of the Parapet

      Extra precautions for safe home construction.

    • MJL Author Article 192

      Amen

      Word found at the end of prayers has a long, complex history.

    • MJL Author Article 193

      Israel Zangwill

      Writer expressed the struggles of a modern Jew trying to straddle two worlds.

    • MJL Author Article 194

      Noah's Flood

      Story, whether factual or not, finds similarities in Babylonian myth.

    • MJL Author Article 195

      Kedushah

      Sanctifying God's name, like the angels.

    • MJL Author Article 196

      Slander

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

    • MJL Author Article 197

      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 198

      The Editing of the Talmud

      How the sages' debates across many generations became the monumental works known as the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmuds

    • MJL Author Article 199

      Tzitzit

      Fringes for four-cornered garments.


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