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Author Stern, Eliyahu, 1976-

Title The genius : Elijah of Vilna and the making of modern Judaism / Eliyahu Stern
Published New Haven : Yale University Press, [2013]
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 322 pages)
Contents Elijah and Vilna in historical perspective -- Elijah's worldview -- Elijah and the Enlightenment -- The Gaon versus Hasidism -- The biur and the yeshiva -- The genius
Summary Elijah ben Solomon, the 'Genius of Vilna', was perhaps the best-known and most understudied figure in modern Jewish history. This book offers a new narrative of Jewish modernity based on Elijah's life and influence. While the experience of Jews in modernity has often been described as a process of Western European secularisation - with Jews becoming citizens of Western nation-states, congregants of reformed synagogues, and assimilated members of society - the book uses Elijah's story to highlight a different theory of modernisation for European life
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Elijah ben Solomon, 1720-1797.
Judaism -- History.
Rabbis -- Lithuania -- Vilnius -- Biography.
Vilnius (Lithuania) -- Biography.
Genre/Form Biography.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0300183224 (electronic bk.)
9780300183221 (electronic bk.)