This chapter seeks to examine the life of Elijah ben Solomon, and his contribution to modern Jewish history. Widely known as the “Genius,” he lived most of his life in the Lithuanian city of Vilna. It is in Vilna where he would make significant contributions on Jewish literature. He mastered the Jewish canon to the extent that there is hardly or no major rabbinic or kabbalistic text untouched by his masterful commentary. The chapter argues that his originality, command of sources, and clarity of thought place him among religious luminaries such as Aquinas and Averroes.
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