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

      The Tosafot

      The Tosafists--beginning with Rashi's family and students--continued the conversation with their glosses on the text of the Talmud.

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      Birthdays and Judaism

      Celebration was not always encouraged, but certain ages carry special meanings.

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      Sanhedrin

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

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      Do Jews Believe in Demons?

      Though the idea of demons raises concerns about divine providence, belief in demons developed among some Jews throughout history.

    • MJL Author Article 34

      Rabbi Judah the Prince

      Editor of the Mishnah.

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      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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      The Book of Psalms

      Traditional & modern views of the Book of Psalms, and the role of Psalms in Jewish liturgy

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      How to Be a Host, How to Be a Guest

      Jewish ethical literature provides practical, down-to-earth guidelines on how to behave towards one's guests and towards one's hosts.

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      Isaac Abravanel

      Medieval Bible commentator was influenced by personal experience.

    • MJL Author Article 39

      Rashbam

      Rashbam read the Torah according to its most literal reading--even in contradiction of Jewish law.


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