Anthology Topics:Cruelty  2 Erev Rav  3 Father  4 The First Man  5 Forefathers  6 Heretics 7 The Holy Temple  8 LimbsLove of G-d  10 Man  11 The Nations of the World 12 Prophecy 13 Reproof  14 Reward and Punishment 15 Suffering  16 Swiftness  17 Torah   18 Torah Study  19 The World to ComeB”H

gaonpicExcerpts from An Anthology of the Gaon by Rabbi Moshe Tzuriel

A Selection of sayings of the Vilna Gaon regarding beliefs, extracted from most of the writings of his disciples, of those faithful to him, and from some of his own writings.

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And this is what is meant regarding Avraham the Patriarch by the verse: Now I know that you are G-d-fearing (Gen. 22:12), i.e., by means of the precept of binding [Yitzhak for sacrifice] which Avraham performed with the characteristic of cruelty, now was completed ”Now I know” – that Avraham is G-d-fearing – and not out of his natural disposition (he acted).

This is also what is meant by the verse to wreak vengeance upon the nations… to exact justice of them as it is written, It is glory for all his ( G-d’s) pious ones (Ps. 149:7-10) – even G-d’s pious ones who regularly deal in kindness (M’sillat Y’sharim, beginning of Section XIX), and yet when they wreak vengeance, it is ”glory”; – for they are not behaving in this way because of their natural disposition. (Imru No`am, B’rakhot 33) See his commentary on the Song of Songs 1:16.

translated for the spiritual elevation of Tzivia daughter of Dovid in the world to come.
This translation was by more than one person and over a long period of time, therefore minor variations in translating styles appear here

Links to some of the other articles on this web site that portray the Gaon’s views:
* Monotheism Vs. The Outlook That Everything is G-d, by Mr. S. M. Scheinman which provides some background to the Gaon’s monotheistic beliefs.
* Divine Assistance

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