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 240

      Hebrew: Its History and Centrality

      Hebrew has undergone many changes, but as the language of the sacred texts, it has always had a special place in Judaism.

    • MJL Author Article 241

      Gematria

      Assigning numerical values to letters yields infinite interpretations.

    • MJL Author Article 242

      Rashi and Rabbenu Tam: Two Sets of Tefillin

      Evidence from Qumran shows that the medieval debate about the order of biblical passages in tefillin has ancient roots.  

    • MJL Author Article 243

      Communal Prayer

      Isn't it better to pray alone, without distractions?

    • MJL Author Article 244

      Bimah

      Location of central platform caused controversy between Orthodox and Reform Jews.

    • MJL Author Article 245

      Rabbi Abraham Geiger

      Reform rabbi fought for movement's recognition as part of Jewish tradition.

    • MJL Author Article 246

      Kol Nidrei

      The evening service of Yom Kippur is named after this declaration

    • MJL Author Article 247

      Azariah de Rossi

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

    • MJL Author Article 248

      Franz Rosenzweig and the Founding of the Lehrhaus

      A review of the life, thought, and work of this influential 20th-century existentialist thinker and Jewish educator.

    • MJL Author Article 249

      Jewish Astrology

      There was no Jewish prohibition against consulting the stars, but sages questioned if astrology applied to Jews.


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