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The Gaon of Vilna: The Man and His Image

Immanuel Etkes


A legendary figure in his own lifetime, Rabbi Eliahu ben Shlomo Zalman (1720–1797) was known as the “Gaon of Vilna”. He was the acknowledged master of Talmudic studies in the vibrant intellectual center of Vilna, revered throughout Eastern Europe for his learning and his ability to traverse with ease seemingly opposed domains of thought and activity. After his death, the myth that had been woven around him became even more powerful and was expressed in various public images. The formation of these images was influenced as much by the needs and wishes of those who clung to and depended on them ... More

Keywords: Rabbi Eliahu ben Shlomo Zalman, Vilna, Eastern Europe, Vilna Gaon, public images, Talmudic studies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780520223943
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520223943.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Immanuel Etkes, author