The Gaon of Vilna

Vilna Synagogue

Since the venerable sage, born in 1720, is about to celebrate his 303rd birthday this April, here are just a few tales about one of European Judaism’s most influential figures.

Who gets the credit?

The survival of 50,000 Bulgarian Jews is something most of us have heard about, but who deserves the credit?

Whose is this song?

Whose Song Is This

A haunting melody, Usküdara, Fel shara or Terk in America, is known everywhere. But where does it from?

Curious about a classic NYC beverage?

The mysterious Egg Cream, which some say originated on the Lower East Side among Eastern European Jewish immigrants, somehow contains neither eggs nor cream.

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