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אשכנזי גדולים הקדושים Ashkenazi Gedolim Hakdoshim

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  • Eliyahu, "Gaon of Vilna" (1720 - 1797)
    The Vilna Gaon had no surname, nor did his ancestors, brothers, sons. It was certainly NOT KREMER. That was used only by his great-great grandfather Moshe Kremer as a discription of his occupation, mea...
  • Rabbi Israel Ben Shmuel Ashkenazi, of Shklov (1770 - 1839)
    Rav Yisroel ben Shmuel Ashkenazi of Shklov (ca. 1770–May 22, 1839) was a Talmudist, one of a group of Talmudical scholars of Shklov who were attracted to Vilna by The Gaon of Vilna. He gained The Gaon'...
  • Rav Yechiel Michel HaLevi Epstein "Aruch Hashulchan" (1829 - 1908)
    Rabbi Yechiel Michel EpsteinYechiel Michel Epstein (1829-1908), often called "the Aruch ha-Shulchan" (after his main work, Aruch HaShulchan), was a Rabbi and posek (authority in Jewish law) in Lithuani...
  • Rabbi Chaim Berlin, A.B.D. Moscow (1832 - 1912)
    Chaim Berlin (1832, Volozhin – 1912, Jerusalem) (חיים ברלין) was an Orthodox rabbi and chief rabbi of Moscow from 1865. He was the son of Rabbi Naftali Zvi Yehuda Berlin.From 1889-1892 he lived in Volo...
  • Rav Meir Simcha, the Ohr Sameach (1843 - 1926)
    Rabbi Meir Simcha of Dvinsk (1843–1926) was a rabbi and prominent leader of Orthodox Judaism in Eastern Europe in the early 20th century. He was a kohen, and is therefore often referred to as Meir Simc...

The Gedolei Yisrael play a crucial role in the survival of Klal Yisrael. They do not just learn Torah; they are the Torah itself. As Rav Yaakov Weinberg zt"l said, "To be מבזה a תלמיד חכם is to tear up the Sefer Torah itself (חס ושלום)!"