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

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

(p.232) 7 Torah and Yira in the Thought and Practice of the Vilna Gaon
The Gaon of Vilna

Immanuel Etkes

University of California Press

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

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