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The Genius

Eliyahu Stern


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


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eliyahu Stern, author