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Introduction

Immanuel Etkes

in The Gaon of Vilna

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2002 | ISBN: 9780520223943
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520925076 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520223943.003.0001
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This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about Rabbi Eliyahu, the son of Shlomo Zalman, known as the Gaon of Vilna. This book provides descriptions of the Gaon written by his sons and several of his disciples and examines the works of Gaon in relation to the Haskalah, Hasidism, and Mitnagdim. It also discusses Talmudic scholarship and the rabbinate in Lithuanian Jewry during the nineteenth century and explains the thought and practice of the Vilna Gaon.

Keywords: Rabbi Eliyahu; Gaon of Vilna; Haskalah; Hasidism; Mitnagdim; Talmudic scholarship; rabbinate; Lithuanian Jewry

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Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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