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Talmudic Scholarship and the Rabbinate in Lithuanian Jewry during the Nineteenth Century

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/9780520223943.003.0007
Talmudic Scholarship and the Rabbinate in Lithuanian Jewry during the Nineteenth Century

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This chapter examines the relations between Torah scholarship and the institution of the rabbinate in nineteenth-century Lithuania. It discusses the apparent contradiction between the ideal of Torah lishma and the rabbinate and analyzes the roles played by the heritage of the Vilna Gaon and that of Rabbi Hayyim in shaping the ideal of Torah study. This analysis is based on the biographies of rabbis written by their descendants or their admiring students, and the personal letters of traditional scholars.

Keywords: Torah scholarship; rabbinate; Lithuania; Torah lishma; Vilna Gaon; Rabbi Hayyim; rabbis; biographies

Chapter.  8834 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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