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 30

      Fatherhood of God

      God's relationship as a parent is to Israel, not to Man.

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      The Kaddish Prayer

      There are many versions of the Jewish 'mourner's prayer.'

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      Need for Tzedakah

      Rabbinic sources, both ancient and modern, suggest that tzedakah plays an important role in the spiritual life of the donor.

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      Sufism

      Sufi ideas found their way into Jewish mystical literature through Bahya Ibn Pakudah and the Kabbalist Isaac of Acre.

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      Usury and Moneylending in Judaism

      Jewish law, rooted in biblical protections for the needy, forbids a Jewish creditor from profiting in any way from lending to another Jew.

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      Ordination (Semihah)

      How does a rabbi become a rabbi?

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      The Ketubah, or Marriage Contract

      The ketubah is an ancient contract delineating the obligations of the husband to his wife.

    • MJL Author Article 37

      Moses Sofer

      Hungarian rabbi who fought against the influence of Reform.

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      Jewish Ecstasy

      Accounts of intense encounters with God rare in Judaism.

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      Fanaticism in Judaism

      Scholars warned: "Be not righteous overmuch."


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