The Gaon of Vilna: The Man and His Image

Synopsis

"A pathbreaking book in Jewish Studies. . . . Etkes is careful to separate the man himself from the mythic role he later came to occupy in the modern Jewish landscape. This emphasis upon 'image, ' and not only upon the 'man, ' gives the Etkes volume a unique and broad flavor."--David Ellenson, author of "Between Tradition and Culture"

"[Etkes] probes the image and reception of the Vilna Gaon in the movements he spawned (Haskalah) and opposed (Hasidism) . . . [and] provides a sophisticated sense of the dynamism and power of historical images in forging battle lines in the highly fractious world of nineteenth-century Eastern European Jewish culture."--David N. Myers, author of "Re-Inventing the Jewish Past