The Gaon of Vilna (1720—1997)

Some Papers, Articles, and Video by Dovid Katz

Origins of the Lithuanian-based Standard Pronunciations of Ashkenazic Hebrew and Yiddish (and the Ensuing Conflicts)

(in Yiddish, in Yivo Bleter; n.s. 2,  1994, pp. 205-257)

Where is Raysn?

(in Yiddish, in the Forverts, 2 Feb. 1996, pp. 13, 22 )

The Religious Prestige of the Gaon, and the Secular Prestige of Lithuanian Yiddish

(in English, in Izraelis Lempertas and Larisa Lempertienė, eds. The Gaon of Vilnius and the Annals of Jewish Culture, Vilnius University Publishing House, 1998, pp. 187-199; in Lithuanian edition, Vilniau Ganoas ir žydų kultūros keliai, Vilniaus universiteto leidykla, pp. 175-187)

The Gaon of Vilna’s Yiddish Dialect

(in Yiddish, in Yerusholáymer Almanákh 27,  2003, pp. 49-61)

The Posthumous Gaon of Vilna and the History of Ideas

(in English, in East European Jewish Affairs, 35.2, 2005 = review of Immanuel Etkes, The Gaon of Vilna: The Man and his Image, pp. 253-259)

What did the Gaon of Vilna Look Like?

(in Yiddish, in Algemeiner Journal, 16 Sept. 2005, pp. 1, 7-8)

Could the Gaon of Vilna Have Made a Mistake?

(in Yiddish, in Algemeiner Journal,  28 October 2005, pp. 1, 7-8)

On the Gaon (and his circle’s) attitude toward Yiddish, some scant materials in Words on Fire: The Unfinished Story of Yiddish

(in English, 2007, pp. 153, 166-167, esp. 170-171; 405)

Jewish Cultural Correlates of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania

(in English,  in Alfredas Bumblauskas, Šarūnas Liekis, Grigorijus Potašenko, eds, Lietuvos Didžiosios Kunigaikštijos tradicija ir paveldo “dalybos”, Vilniaus universiteto leidykla: Vilnius 2008, pp. 169-204)

Gaon references in Vilna Yiddish Book Stamps: Windows to a Lost Jewish Past

(in English, Versus Aureus Publishes, Vilnius, pp. 8, 12-13, 42, 60)

Elijah ben Solomon Zalman

(in English, in Supplement to the Modern Encyclopedia of Russian, Soviet and Eurasian History, vol. 9, Academic International Press: Gulf Breeze, Florida 2009, pp. 109-112)

Seven Kingdoms of the Litvaks

(in English, 2009, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania, esp. from p. 14)

“The Gaon of Vilna” (including translation  into English of the Gaon’s sons’ Hebrew biographical eulogy following his death)

(in English, in Dovid Katz, Lithuanian Jewish Culture, Baltos Lankos, Vilnius 2010, pp. 85-112, 138-140; some of the page scanned online from the first 2004 edition without the corrections made in the 2010 edition)

Comment on the Gaon’s prestige and the standing of Lithuanian Yiddish for Western Ashkenazim

(in Yiddish, 2015, online as part of a responsa series)

Videotaped interview with Vilnius filmmaker Loic Salfati

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