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The Vilna Gaon: Halakhist, Moderate Maskil or Kabbalist?

3 Images - Vilna Gaon

On Thursday, February 19, Dr. Raphael Shuchat will be giving a guest lecture, exploring the recurrent debate over the true image of the Vilna Gaon. 7pm in Furst Hall - Room 535. RSVP here.

Sponsored parking is available in the YU lot (E) on Amsterdam Avenue and West 183rd Street.

Dr. Shuchat teaches Jewish philosophy and thought at Bar-Ilan University. His research focuses on the thought of the Vilna Gaon and his followers, and the inter-relation between Judaism and science. He has published three books: The Vilna Gaon and His Beit Midrash (together with M. Hallamish and Y. Rivlin; Ramat Gan 2003), A World Hidden in Time: Redemption in the Writings of the Vilna Gaon (Ramat Gan 2008), which received the Ministry of Education’s prize for Judaic research, and Jewish Faith in a Changing World (Boston 2012). His fourth book, Studies in Lithuanian Kabbalah: from the Vilna Gaon to Rav Kook (with M. Hallamish), will be published this year by Bar-Ilan University.

This event is sponsored by the Esther Manischewitz Community Education Fund. Sponsorships are available to help support other special Revel events. Please contact Dean David Berger at or Paul Glasser at or 212.960.0852.