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Eliyahu Stern

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300179309

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300179309.001.0001

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The Genius

The Genius

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The Genius

Eliyahu Stern

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses the genius of Elijah ben Solomon, as compared to other Jewish geniuses. It argues that before the geniuses Einstein, Freud, and Marx reigned; it was Elijah's genius that inspired modern European Jews to pursue intellectual achievement as a means to attain an upward social mobility in the eighteenth century. It explains that Elijah of Vilna wrote more diverse works than any other figure in Jewish history, as he made commentaries on almost every major biblical, rabbinic, or kabbalistic text.

Keywords:   genius, Elijah ben Solomon, Einstein, Freud, Marx, modern European Jews, intellectual achievement, social mobility, eighteenth century, Jewish history

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