If one reads a biography of the Vilna Gaon, one can easily conclude that he was probably autistic. He sat in his room and studied. He only came out for the Sabbath and Holidays. They were also the only times he had relations with his wife. He never became a Rabbi, because he could not face taking the necessary exams.
Several years ago my wife and I made the acquaintance of a young Jewish woman who was definitely on the Autistic Spectrum. She was otherwise very pleasant and so we invited her to our seder one Passover During the evening she told us that she was descended from the Vilna Gaon.
Daniel Nussbaum II, M.D., FAAP
Retired Developmental Pediatrician
Rochester, New York
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