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 20

      Jewish Philosophy and Philosophies of Judaism

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

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      The Death Penalty in Jewish Tradition

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

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      Blasphemy in Judaism

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

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      Gershom of Mayyence

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

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      The Mamzer Problem

      Jewish children born from forbidden sexual relations pose ethical and communal challenges.

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      Sanhedrin

      Jews and Christians read their own ideas about authority into this ancient legislative institution.

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      Slander

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

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      Satan, the Adversary

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      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.

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      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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