Karen Armstrong interviewing Rabbi Louis Jacobs for Paths of Faiths in November 1984. Karen Armstrong formulates her questions so as to emphasize the unique features of the Jewish faith, attempting to discern the dynamics inherent to Judaism, the variety of experiences and movements which characterize contemporary Jewish practice, and the ways in which these differ from other religions.
The conversation covers a wide variety of topics, thereby demonstrating the breadth of Louis Jacobs’s knowledge. It starts with the Jewish conception of God, and the ways in which in contrasts with Christian understandings of Jesus as the incarnation of God, and then moves on to mystical experiences of the divine in kabbalah and hasidism. Karen Armstrong then turns towards traditional Jewish practice, asking Rabbi Jacobs to offer some insights on Jewish prayer, Torah study, and halakhic observance. They conclude, finally, with more contemporary issues, including feminism, the relation to the land of Israel, and post-Holocaust theology.
The interview covers the first 26 minutes of the video. We apologize for the poor quality.