Gaon of Vilna

Gaon of Vilna:

see Elijah ben SolomonElijah ben Solomon,
1720–97, Jewish scholar, called the Gaon of Vilna, b. Lithuania. A leading Jewish scholar of his time, he opposed the spread of Hasidism in Lithuania and Poland because he feared that the creation of these new groups would weaken the Jewish community.
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The Gaon of Vilna, the greatest Halachic scholar of the eighteenth century is a case in point, and illustrates the inclusivity of the Jewish mind.
But not everything Jewish was acceptable to the Gaon of Vilna.
5) The Gaon of Vilna and Magen Avraham, among others, reject this view as there is no source for it, and no reason or hint to such an obligation.
The Gaon of Vilna states that the view cited in Shulhan Arukh that it is a biblical obligation is based on a faulty text.
In the modern period, the greatest Talmudist since the Gaon of Vilna, Rabbi Saul (GeRaSH) Lieberman, an admirer of Maimonides, encouraged women to study Talmud and admitted them into his Talmud classes.
The primary representative of Mithnagdic Judaism was the extraordinary figure, the Gaon of Vilna, whose follower, Haim of Volozhin, played an important role in Levinas's spiritual formation.