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

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

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(p.209) 6 Talmudic Scholarship and the Rabbinate in Lithuanian Jewry during the Nineteenth Century
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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/9780520223943.003.0007

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

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