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 210

      Azariah de Rossi

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

    • MJL Author Article 211

      Suicide in Jewish Tradition and Literature

      Suicide is deemed a grave sin, yet Jewish legal authorities are alert to mitigating circumstances.

    • MJL Author Article 212

      Gematria

      Assigning numerical values to letters yields infinite interpretations.

    • MJL Author Article 213

      Tefillin (Phylacteries)

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

    • MJL Author Article 214

      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 215

      Isaac Abravanel

      Medieval Bible commentator was influenced by personal experience.

    • MJL Author Article 216

      Faith Healing

      Curing with supernatural powers is viewed with skepticism in Judaism.

    • MJL Author Article 217

      Rabbi Judah the Prince

      Editor of the Mishnah.

    • MJL Author Article 218

      Menahem Meiri

      This medieval talmudist's religious tolerance was ahead of his time.

    • MJL Author Article 219

      The Zohar's Influence

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


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