Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The Dispute Between The Vilna Gaon And The Chasidim

The machlokes of the Gra against the Chasidim was due to the fact that they elevated the importance of intention over action, and the value of special individuals following their hearts and not halacha which is built on the perfection of the individual. However, for national perfection we need to make action primary and an individual no matter how great he is, must follow the community in all matters decreed by Chazal, the mishna and the gemara.