Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Genius
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

The Genius

Eliyahu Stern

Abstract

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 secularization—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 modernization for European life. Religious movements such as Hasidism and anti-s ... More

Keywords: Elijah ben Solomon, Vilna Gaon, Jewish history, Jewish modernity, Hasidism, yeshiva, secularization, traditionalism, religious radicalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780300179309
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300179309.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eliyahu Stern, author

Show Summary Details

subscribe or login to access all content.