Vilna Gaon

1720 - 1797

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Elijah ben Solomon Zalman, (Hebrew: ר' אליהו בן שלמה זלמן‎ Rabbi Eliyahu ben Shlomo Zalman) known as the Vilna Gaon (Yiddish: דער װילנער גאון‎, Polish: Gaon z Wilna, Lithuanian: Vilniaus Gaonas) or Elijah of Vilna, or by his Hebrew acronym HaGra ("HaGaon Rabbenu Eliyahu": "The sage, our teacher, Elijah") or Elijah Ben Solomon Zalman (Sialiec, April 23, 1720 – Vilnius October 9, 1797), was a Talmudist, halakhist, kabbalist, and the foremost leader of misnagdic (non-hasidic) Jewry of the past few centuries. He is commonly referred to in Hebrew as ha-Gaon he-Chasid mi-Vilna, "the pious genius from Vilnius".Through his annotations and emendations of Talmudic and other texts, he became one of the most familiar and influential figures in the rabbinic study since the Middle Ages, counted by many among the sages known as the Acharonim, and ranked by some with the even more revered Rishonim of the Middle Ages. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Vilna Gaon has received more than 395,982 page views. His biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 28 in 2019). Vilna Gaon is the 716th most popular religious figure (up from 734th in 2019), the 24th most popular biography from Belarus (up from 29th in 2019) and the most popular Belarusian Religious Figure.

Rabbi Elijah ben Shlomo Zalman, known as the Vilna Gaon, was a famous Talmudic scholar and the leader of the Mitnagdic Jewish community in the 18th century. He is most famous for his work on the Talmud, which he would study for hours each day.

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Among religious figures, Vilna Gaon ranks 716 out of 2,272Before him are Fatima al-Fihri, Jethro, Mahapajapati Gotami, Gregory Thaumaturgus, Thomas Wolsey, and Theophilus of Antioch. After him are Onesimus, Saint Marinus, Josephine Bakhita, Lars Levi Laestadius, Antipope Ursicinus, and Atiśa.

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Among people born in 1720, Vilna Gaon ranks 8Before him are Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Charles Edward Stuart, Anna Maria Mozart, Philip, Duke of Parma, Carlo Gozzi, and Louisa Ulrika of Prussia. After him are James Hargreaves, Emperor Sakuramachi, Charles Bonnet, Honoré III, Prince of Monaco, William Cavendish, 4th Duke of Devonshire, and Heraclius II of Georgia. Among people deceased in 1797, Vilna Gaon ranks 9Before him are Edmund Burke, Frederick William II of Prussia, François-Noël Babeuf, Agha Mohammad Khan Qajar, James Hutton, and Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel-Bevern. After him are Joseph Wright of Derby, Frederick II Eugene, Duke of Württemberg, Lazare Hoche, Maria Anna Sophia of Saxony, Horace Walpole, and Jeffery Amherst, 1st Baron Amherst.

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Among people born in Belarus, Vilna Gaon ranks 24 out of 274Before him are Hacı I Giray (1397), Petr Shelokhonov (1929), Stanislav Shushkevich (1934), Léon Bakst (1866), Alexander Parvus (1867), and Zalman Shazar (1889). After him are Mstislav I of Kiev (1076), Bronislav Kaminski (1899), Pavel Sukhoi (1895), Isser Harel (1912), Ossip Zadkine (1888), and Zhores Alferov (1930).


Among religious figures born in Belarus, Vilna Gaon ranks 1After him are Kirill of Turov (1130) and Aleksandr Kurlovich (1961).