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 40

      The Red Heifer

      This purification ritual contains a puzzling paradox.

    • MJL Author Article 41

      Radbaz (Rabbi David Ben Zimra)

      Prolific author of responsa tackled significant issues in his time.

    • MJL Author Article 42

      Need for Tzedakah

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

    • MJL Author Article 43

      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.

    • MJL Author Article 44

      The Ketubah, or Marriage Contract

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

    • MJL Author Article 45

      Moses Sofer

      Hungarian rabbi who fought against the influence of Reform.

    • MJL Author Article 46

      Jewish Ecstasy

      Accounts of intense encounters with God rare in Judaism.

    • MJL Author Article 47

      Judaism on Prostitution

      Condemnation of harlotry existed throughout Jewish history, though there is evidence that the practice was known in every time period.

    • MJL Author Article 48

      Fanaticism in Judaism

      Scholars warned: "Be not righteous overmuch."

    • MJL Author Article 49

      The Tosefta

      An 'addition' to the Mishnah--or something else?


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