The Vilna Gaon (3)
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שיעורי טקסט Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur 1: Returning to the Vilna Gaon Welcome to a new series of shiurim on the legacy of the Vilna Gaon (the Gra). Two years ago we were privileged to examine the personality and teachings of the Gra. We learned that this giant of a man embodies a fascinating and challenging world that impacts upon our lives to this very day.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Elyakim Krumbein The Gra, the Lithuanian Tradition, and Us: Questions Please!
שיעורי טקסט Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur #02: The Vilna Gaon and Piyyutim In the previous shiur we traced the Gra's fundamental analysis of our issue. We paid particular attention to how he masterfully applies several of his regular principles.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Elyakim Krumbein The Beauty of the Torah
שיעורי טקסט Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur #03: The Vilna Gaon and Piyyutim (Conclusion) In this shiur we will conclude our clarification of the Vilna Gaon's position regarding the recitation of piyyutim.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Elyakim Krumbein The Plain Sense (Peshat) of the Text
שיעורי טקסט Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur 4: Meet the Gra's Commentary to the Shulchan Arukh Over the course of our examination of the piyyutim issue, we made extensive use of the Gra's magnificent commentary to the Shulchan Arukh. Following this experience it is only natural that we should allow ourselves to become more closely acquainted with this work.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Elyakim Krumbein The Torah as a Single Identity
שיעורי טקסט Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur #05: Reciting a Blessing Over the Five Megillot In the previous shiur we noted the fundamental paradox connected to the Gra's commentary to the Shulchan Arukh.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Elyakim Krumbein The Gra as a Kabbalastic
שיעורי טקסט Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur #06: Reciting a Blessing over the Five Megillot (II) We saw in the previous shiur that the Vilna Gaon requires that the reading of each of the Megillot be preceded by the recitation of a blessing, just as a blessing is recited before reading the Book of Esther.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Elyakim Krumbein Toil and Labor
שיעורי טקסט Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur #07: Rigor and Restraint in Halakhic Theory and Practice In this shiur we will examine a general and characteristic tendency of the Gra.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Elyakim Krumbein Torah, Experience and Morality in the Thought of R. Chayyim of Volozhin
שיעורי טקסט Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur #08: The Vilna Gaon as Halakha's Guardian At the end of the last shiur we distinguished between two aspects of the Gra's enterprise in his commentary to the Shulchan Arukh and his meticulous search for the source of every halakha.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Elyakim Krumbein Between Conservatism and Changes
שיעורי טקסט Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur #09: Surveying Previous Research On The Vilna Gaon’s Commentary And Its Conclusions Before we conclude our examination of this chapter of the Gra's thought, I would like to turn our attention to earlier studies of these issues.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Elyakim Krumbein The Power of the Individual
שיעורי טקסט Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur #10: Chassidut – Good News or a Threat We will now begin a new chapter in our examination of the teachings of the Vilna Gaon. We will leave the world of Torah scholarship, shrouded in vibrant and refreshing intellectual serenity, and enter a tempest of conflicting world views and opinions.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Elyakim Krumbein Separation from the Worldly (Perishut)
שיעורי טקסט Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur #11: Prayer and the Religious Experience At the end of the previous shiur we examined the complaints raised by the Mitnagdim against the Chassidim... Today we will continue to explore the roots of this disagreement about prayer.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Elyakim Krumbein A Dualist Outlook
שיעורי טקסט Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur #12: Threatened Communities What are the roots of the sharpness and intensity of the Mitnagdim's response?
שיעורי טקסט Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur #12: Threatened Communities As may be recalled, we raised three fundamental questions, and thus far we have related to two of them. At this point we wish to add the third question to the discussion: What are the roots of the sharpness and intensity of the Mitnagdim's response?
שיעורי טקסט Rav Elyakim Krumbein This World and the World-to-Come
שיעורי טקסט Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur #13: Kabbala, Sabbateanism and Chassidism The Vilna Gaon suspected a connection between the Chassidic movement and Sabbateanism, and he expected that the Chassidim would eventually follow in the footsteps of the messianic heretic, Jacob Frank.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Elyakim Krumbein Man's Greatness and His Insignificance
שיעורי טקסט Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur #14: The Vilna Gaon in the Eyes of the Chassidim: The Letter of Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liai The Vilna Gaon saw in Chassidism signs of Sabbateanism. While examining the background of these suspicions, we encountered one of the main areas of contention between the Chassidim and the Mitnagdim, namely, the way that God and His presence in this world are to be perceived.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Elyakim Krumbein Rav Chayyim of Volozhin
שיעורי טקסט Rav Elyakim Krumbein Shiur #15: Tzimtzum The theological discussion that was opened in the previous shiur can be better understood against the background of a fundamental Kabbalistic teaching of Rabbi Yitzchak Luria, the interpretation of which was a subject of dispute between the Chassidim and the Mitnagdim.

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