Posts tagged as Vilna Gaon

Vilna Gaon monument in central Vilnius smeared with acid

Monday, August 3, 2020

The monument to the Gaon of Vilna, a famous 18th century Torah scholar, in central Vilnius was vandalised over the weekend, the Police Department has reported. The vandals poured acid on the monument in Žydų street, Vilnius police spokeswoman Julija Samorovskaja told BNS. The incident was reported on Sunday evening by a tourist guide, she added. The police are treating the act as a hate crime, according to Samorovskaja. “The…

Lithuanian Post issues stamp for Vilna Gaon’s 300th birth anniversary

Friday, June 5, 2020

Lietuvos Paštas (Lithuanian Post) has issued a special stamp to mark the 300th birth anniversary of the Vilna (Vilnius) Gaon. Elijah ben Solomon Zalman, a world-famous Torah and Talmudic interpreter, also known as the Vilna Gaon, lived in the 18th century. His commentaries on the Talmud and the Torah, published posthumously by his disciples, made the Gaon one of the most revered Jewish scholars, while Vilnius earned the name of…

Vilnius celebrates 300th anniversary of Vilna Gaon

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Thursday marks the 300th anniversary of the Gaon of Vilna, the great 18-century Torah scholar Elijah ben Solomon Zalman. The mysterious and aloof sage dedicated his life to studying Jewish religious texts. His commentaries on the Talmud and the Torah, published posthumously by his disciples, made the Gaon one of the most revered Jewish scholars, while Vilnius, the town where he spent most of his life and died in 1797,…