Torah and <i>Yira</i> in the Thought and Practice of the Vilna Gaon

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:
Torah and Yira in the Thought and Practice of the Vilna Gaon

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This chapter discusses Vilna Gaon's outlook and practice regarding the relationship between the value of Torah study and that of yira. It describes the character and purpose of the Gaon's ascetic withdrawal and attempts to clarify his conception of the reciprocal relations and correct equilibrium between the value of yira and that of Torah study. It highlights the influence of the Gaon in the struggle against Hasidism and the flourishing of the world of Torah in Lithuania.

Keywords: Vilna Gaon; Torah study; yira; ascetic withdrawal; Hasidism; Lithuania

Chapter.  5176 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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