Gaon (Hebrew)

Gaon (gā'ōn) (Hebrew: גאון, plural גְּאוֹנִים geonim — gĕ'ōnīm) may have originated as a shortened version of "Rosh Yeshivat Ge'on Ya'akov", though there are alternative explanations.[1][2] In Ancient Hebrew, it referred to arrogance and haughty pride (Amos 6:8), and later became known as a general term for pride, both the positive and negative forms ('Pride [of]'; Late medieval and modern Hebrew for 'genius'). Today, it may refer to:

Many great Rabbis,[3] though not formally referred to as the "Gaon of ..." are often lauded with this honorific as both a mark of respect and a means to indicate their greatness in the field of Torah learning.

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  1. Jehoshua Brand , Simha Assaf and David Derovan (2007). "Gaon". In Michael Berenbaum and Fred Skolnik. Encyclopedia Judaica. 7 (2nd ed.). Farmington Hills, Michigan: Gale. p. 380.
  2. Jewish Virtual Library — Gaon
  3. "ידיד נפשי המנוח הדגול, שייף עייל שייף נפיק, הגאון הגדול רבי יוסף קאפח זצ"ל." — Rabbi Ovadia Yosef in the Hebrew responsa book שו"ת הריב"ד קאפח, quoted in עלון אור ההליכות גליון חודש תמוז התשס"ט (page 3).
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