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On this day in 1797, Rabbi Eliyahu ben Shlomo Zalman – known as the Gaon (genius, or sage) of Vilna, or by the Hebrew acronym the “Gra” (standing for “the genius, our rabbi Eliyahu”) – died, at the age of 77.  The Gaon of Vilna is universally recognized as one of the most learned and important rabbinical authorities of all time; his interpretations of Jewish law and commentary still guide many...