Originally published in Judaism Today 4 (Spring 1996), pp. 42-3. THE JEWISH RELIGION: A COMPANION Louis Jacobs Oxford University Press 1995, pp 641 , £25.00 Marc B. Shapiro There are a number of single-volume encyclopedias of Judaism of varying worth, and one might wonder why there is need for anther. Yet only a short glance at Rabbi Louis Jacobs’ latest book will convince all that it differs from other works of this genre. To begin with, ... Continue Reading ➨
The Jewish Religion: A Companion
This highly readable guide to Judaism contains a wealth of information on every aspect of Jewish belief and practice, both ancient and modern. From Maimonides to Methuselah, Kabbalah to Kibbutz, Louis Jacobs provides an invaluable source of information for anyone wanting to learn more about the rich and diverse heritage of the Jewish religion. With all Hebrew terms clearly explained, entries range from personalities in the Bible to present-day Jewish thinkers and writers, and other coverage includes customs, traditions, and Jewish ideas on subjects as diverse as dance, vegetarianism, and eternity. This illuminating and authoritative guide contains a wealth of information on every aspect of Jewish belief and practice, both ancient and modern.
Originally published in December 1997. Louis Jacobs was a universally respected orthodox rabbi until 1959, when the publication of his little book We Have Reason to Believe brought him a notoriety he surely never sought. Outraged fundamentalist Jews proclaimed it heresy—all because Jacobs simply observed that modern textual criticism could demonstrate the different stages in the (human) redaction of the Holy Scripture. Because he had dared to ... Continue Reading ➨
Originally published in the Edinburgh Star. THE JEWISH RELIGION - A COMPANION edited by Louis Jacobs published by Oxford University Press, 1994, 641pp, £25.00 (ISBN 0-19-82643-1) reviewed by Ian Leifer This is a truly excellent book. Perhaps it could be given a subtitle - ‘Everything you wanted to know about Judaism but were too frightened to ask’ or, more seriously, ‘An Encyclopaedia of Judaism’. The entries are arranged accessibly in ... Continue Reading ➨
Originally published in the Expository Times. A Leisurely Journey through Judaism Review Article By Rabbi Fred Morgan, North West Surrey Synagogue and Leo Baeck College Rabbi Dr Louis Jacobs is not only one of the most erudite of contemporary students of Judaism, he is also one of the most versatile. His writings include highly technical studies of Talmudic logic, articles on ethical and halakhic issues, an impressive range of translations ... Continue Reading ➨