Originally published in The Cambridge Law Journal, 44:3 (1985), pp. 509-10. A Tree of Life. Diversity, Flexibility and Creativity in Jewish Law. By Louis Jacobs. [Oxford: Oxford University Press for The Littman Library. 1984. 248, (Appendices and Bibliography) 45 and (Index) 17 pp. Hardback £18.00.] Louis Jacobs is perhaps the foremost thinker in the contemporary Anglo-Jewish community. In the 1960s, when he was a lecturer at the orthodox ... Continue Reading ➨
A Tree of Life
Louis Jacobs's fascinating study shows how halakhic rulings through the ages have been influenced by social, economic, theological, and even political factors as well as by consideration of the wider ideals and demands of Judaism. Halakhic responses to changed social considerations, particularly regarding women and questions of personal status, new technologies and discoveries, and attitudes to non-Jews are all considered in depth.
Originally published in the Journal of Religion, 66:2 (1986), pp. 210-12. Jacobs, Louis. A Tree of Life: Diversity, Flexibility, and Creativity in Jewish Law. New York: Oxford University Press, 1984. 310 pp. $24.95 (cloth). Louis Jacobs is certainly the most articulate, learned, and prolific expositor of traditional Judaism for the modern world who is writing in English today. This newest book from his ever-productive pen lucidly ... Continue Reading ➨
Originally published in the Journal of Law and Religion, 17:1/2 (2002), pp. 133-5. A Tree of Life. Diversity, Flexibility, and Creativity in Jewish Law. By Louis Jacobs. London: The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization 2000. Pp. xxxii, 311. $27.95. ISBN: 1-874-77448-X. This book is one of the few works on the nature and development of Jewish law written from a Conservative point of view, and it can be seen as a “classic” besides Joel ... Continue Reading ➨
Originally published in The Expository Times, September 1985. Rabbi Louis Jacobs is well known as a highly distinguished liberal interpreter of Judaism. Many of his works, such as the notable ‘Jewish Theology’ , are immediately accessible to the general reader; but his interpretation is deeply rooted in scholarly study of rabbinic writings; sources which also inspire ‘conservative’ expressions of a Judaism markedly different from his ... Continue Reading ➨
A Tree of Life. Diversity, Flexibility, and Creativity in Jewish Law by Louis Jacobs. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1984. 310 pages. $29.95. Reviewed by Rabbi Gilbert S. Rosenthal There are roughly three or four basic philosophies of Halakhah. The fundamentalist view is that law never changed and never changes; nor is it susceptible to human intrusions or emotions. The more progressive Orthodox view is that Halakhah never changes but it ... Continue Reading ➨