Acts of the Mind in Jewish Ritual Law

An Insight into Rabbinic Psychology

By Isaac Cohen

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 870

ISBN: 978-965-710-883-3


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Acts of the Mind in Jewish Ritual Law is an important work of original research embracing the entire gambit of Jewish ritual law. The book specializes in describing the role of the mind and thought of an individual in the course of his physical actions, thus deciding their validity or propriety. Jewish law is simply explained in layman’s terminology. The authoritative sources of the Rabbinic law are given throughout. In many of the differences in law expressed by the Sages it may be seen that they differed not in the basic law, but in reading the purpose and intention in the mind of the individual. From these discussions one may gain an insight into Rabbinic psychology. This comprehensive study will be of value to all who wish to study Judaism and Jewish law.

About the Author

Rabbi Dr. Isaac Cohen is the former Chief Rabbi of Ireland, where he distinguished himself in his outstanding leadership of the Jewish community. He previously occupied the position of Rabbi of Edinburgh. During the period of World War II he ministered to the Jewish community in Leeds and served as Officiating Chaplain to H.M. Forces. His first ministerial appointment was to the new London communities of Harrow, Kenton, and district. He has been a prominent member of the Executive of the Conference of European Rabbis. He was educated in the Rabbinical Seminary of Jews’ College and University College, London, after graduating from the Portsmouth Grammar School and Aria College. He was born in Wales in 1914. He was married and lived in Jerusalem until his passing on November 30, 2007.