Originally published in The Jerusalem Post, 20 May 1999. An ideal book for an easy browse on Shavuot night is Ask The Rabbi. Questions and Answers on Judaism by Louis Jacobs (London, Valentine Mitchell: 237 pp.; price not stated). This collection of answers to questions posed by readers of the Jewish Chronicle would be interesting, if only to learn what their concerns are as mainly middle-of-the-road observant British Jews. Rabbi Jacobs ... Continue Reading ➨
'Ask the Rabbi' - Questions and Answers on Judaism
The ‘Ask the Rabbi’ column in the Jewish Chronicle was an extremely popular weekly feature of the paper. During more than 25 years, over 1,000 lively questions and answers accumulated, of which this book is a selection arranged according to various themes. It can now be disclosed that the author of the replies was Rabbi Louis Jacobs who, without refraining from expressing his own, occasionally controversial views, presented fairly the Orthodox position as well as that of Reform and Liberal Judaism where this differed from Orthodoxy. This book is a mine of information on the Jewish religion and is also suitable for delightful browsing.
Originally published in Judaism Today, Winter 1999-2000. Ask the Rabbi reveals the true Louis Jacobs, the total Halachist with total faith in God and total intellectual acceptance of the Torah as a prerequisite to understanding all truth. To quote from one of his response, ‘Judaism is rich enough and spiritually and ethically comprehensive to cater to every religious need.’ For devotees of the London Jewish Chronicle newspaper, the weekly ... Continue Reading ➨