“More effective than all self-deprivation is to study Torah and do kindness.”
DATABASE OF MANUSCRIPTS
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 you would like to get access to even more manuscripts that you find on this website, please visit the National Library of Israel!
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