“More effective than all self-deprivation is to study Torah and do kindness.”


Most of the Vilna Gaon’s writings were published years after his death. In the interim, his students made handwritten copies of the works. Today, these copies are spread around the world. Copies of most of them can be found in the Institute for Copy of Manuscripts in the National Library of Israel. This database includes information on every known manuscript. In some cases, we present a scan of the manuscripts and when this is not possible due to copyright issues, we explain how to gain access to it.

“If one runs to do a mitzvah with great excitement, they should

check their motives, perhaps it is actually a transgression.”


The purpose of the membership is twofold. Much work has gone into putting this database together and the upkeep is an ongoing expense. We request a nominal fee of    10 USD to help us perpetuate this site.

In addition, the membership gives us information of those involved in research of the Gaon so that we can update them when new events or discoveries arise. We would also be happy to learn of whatever research you might have done to add to our database.


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