Hope you all had a wonderful holiday! Here’s the first post for the new editor’s blog on the Louis Jacobs.org website, with some exciting news about the month of December and some announcements.
I started working for the Project last month. My first assignment related to the Teaching videos posted on the website. A number of them appeared with no attached description. It took me a couple of weeks, but I watched all the relevant videos and wrote down some thoughts for each one. The late Rabbi Jacobs offers some insightful comments in a few of them, which made the task worthwhile from a personal perspective too. His reflections cover, inter alia, his own experience in Anglo-Jewry, theology, Jewish religious movements, history, and many more topics. You can now find the appended descriptions for all the Teaching videos on the website – I would definitely recommend skimming through the list and watching those you find most interesting!
I also received an entire list of documents, scanned a while ago by the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, and which needed to be classified. Some of the files – articles written by or about Rabbi Jacobs – were already present on the website. But the list also included a huge number of documents (over 100!), mostly book reviews, which we had not yet located. Over the next few weeks, Ivor and I will be scanning and editing all these resources, before finally uploading them. This will be a huge step forward in our main objective: making Louis Jacobs’s writings accessible to anyone, via the website. Look out for these new additions in the next few weeks and months!
The Louis Jacobs project also organized or sponsored a number of events in December, including a number of sessions during the Limmud Conference. The second lecture of Elie Jesner’s Honest Theology Project took place at the beginning of the month in Hampstead Garden Suburb, and proved very successful. If you couldn’t make it, don’t worry! The event was recorded and is available online, and look out for the third event on Why Might we keep Halakhah? coming up on 7th February! Similarly, our Limmud sessions on Modern Orthodoxy in Crisis, in which Elie Jesner took the stage alongside Rabbis Ysoscher Katz, Lila Kagedan, and Norman Solomon, and Ben Crowne, attracted a large number of attendees during the Conference. The speakers offered some intimate and honest comments on the future of Modern Orthodoxy, in England as well abroad. Finally, I made a short, introductory speech during a session organised by Simon Eder and Ivor on the contemporary relevance of the thought of Louis Jacobs. All these were recorded and can be viewed online, in the Quest section!
Best wishes to all of you from the Louis Jacobs project team!