A new book has been released entitled The Gaon of Vilna and his Messianic Vision by Professor Arie Morgenstern. The book details the journey of Rabbi Elijah ben Shlomo Zalman Kremer of Vilnius, Lithuania, better known as the Gaon, or genius of Vilna. His arduous 1778 trip to the Land of Israel ended in Amsterdam where he turned back and returned to Lithuania.
In 1990 a document was discovered in Poland that illuminated some of the mysteries surrounding why he aborted his journey. The new book is based on the findings and discusses the Vilna Gaon's "revolutionary approach to redemption." Hundreds of students of the Vilna Gaon later relocated to the Land of Israel to set up communities in Jerusalem and other cities.
Prof. Morgenstern will speak about his new book and answer questions at a special book launch on Tuesday July 17th at 8:00PM at the Orthodox Union Israel Center in Jerusalem. Opening remarks will be given by well-known lecturer and guide Gabriella Liscko. The OU Israel Center is located at 22 Keren Hayesod Street.