Re: Rabbi Vilna Gaon #general

David Ellis <dje@...> (David Ziants) wrote:

"gaon" does _not_ mean "genius". If you check a good Hebrew dictionary, you
will see that gaon=genius is a very modern usage. ...
The word for "genius" in Rabbinic/Yeshiva Hebrew is "illuy", as was
pointed out to me at the time.
I seem to recall that "gaon" means "excellence" and "illuy" means
"prodigy". Corrections are welcome.

David J Ellis
92 Wilson Drive / Framingham, MA 01702

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