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 200

      Jewish Philosophy and Philosophies of Judaism

      It is more accurate to speak of Jewish philosophies than of a single Jewish philosophy.

    • MJL Author Article 201

      The Death Penalty in Jewish Tradition

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

    • MJL Author Article 202

      Blasphemy in Judaism

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

    • MJL Author Article 203

      Azariah de Rossi

      Medieval Italian scholar pioneered the 'scientific' study of the Jewish past.

    • MJL Author Article 204

      Gershom of Mayyence

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

    • MJL Author Article 205

      Gematria

      Assigning numerical values to letters yields infinite interpretations.

    • MJL Author Article 206

      The Ten Martyrs (Martyrology)

      Who are the individuals mentioned in the Yom Kippur service?

    • MJL Author Article 207

      Wissenschaft des Judenthums

      The new academic study of Judaism examined Jewish religion from the scholarly perspectives of theology, literature, and history.

    • MJL Author Article 208

      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 209

      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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