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

      Bimah

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

    • MJL Author Article 41

      The Masoretic Text

      The traditional--sometimes imperfect--Jewish version of the Torah text.

    • MJL Author Article 42

      Song of Songs

      The Rabbis taught: All the writings are holy, but the Song of Songs is the Holy of Holies.

    • MJL Author Article 43

      Karet

      What does it mean to be 'cut off' from the Jewish people?

    • MJL Author Article 44

      Electricity on Shabbat

      Why did the rabbis forbid electricity to be used on Shabbat? That wasn't in the Torah!

    • MJL Author Article 45

      Literature of and on Hasidism

      The Hasidim wrote and told stories about their leaders.

    • MJL Author Article 46

      Synagogue Architecture Requirements

      Jewish law may make no requirements or restrictions about architectural form, but one prominent 18th century rabbi issued a warning about copying the styles of the rich and famous.

    • MJL Author Article 47

      Beards, Sidelocks (Pe'ot), and Shaving

      All agree that there is no ban on shaving with an electric razor, but for many, beards have become a powerful symbol of Jewish manhood.

    • MJL Author Article 48

      Rabbi Akiba

      Early sage laid the foundation for Rabbinic Judaism.

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      Levites

      Even after the Temple's destruction, Levites enjoy some unique ritual privileges.


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