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The Gaon of VilnaThe Man and His Image$
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Immanuel Etkes

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520223943

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520223943.001.0001

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Rabbi Ḥayyim of Volozhin’s Response to Hasidism

Rabbi Ḥayyim of Volozhin’s Response to Hasidism

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(p.151) 5 Rabbi Ḥayyim of Volozhin’s Response to Hasidism
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The Gaon of Vilna
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Immanuel Etkes

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520223943.003.0006

This chapter discusses the controversy between Mitnagdim and Hasidim focusing on Rabbi H. Hayyim of Volozhin's response to Hasidism. Hayyim waged the struggle against Hasidism in a style entirely different from that initiated and led by his teacher and master, Vilna Gaon. It explains that while Vilna Gaon waged an unrelenting war to eliminate the deviant sect, Hayyim chose to struggle against Hasidism on the plane of ideas and education. It also discusses Hayyim's realization that Hasidim were not heretics and their motives were pure and his establishment of the Volozhin yeshiva.

Keywords:   Mitnagdim, Hasidim, Rabbi H. Hayyim of Volozhin, Vilna Gaon, education, heretics, Volozhin yeshiva

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