Th.J"",na/ ,jJewi,h Th,ught and Philos,phy, Vol. 10, pp. 171-204 © 2000 Reprints available directly from the publisher Photocopying permitted by license only Elhanan Wasserman's Response to the Growing Catastrophe in Europe: The Role of Ha'gra and Hofets Hayim Upon His Thought a Gershon Greenberg* Department of Philosophy and Religion, American University, Washington, D. C. The response of Elhanan Wasserman (1875-1941), the Head of the BaranowiczYeshivah in Poland, to the growing catastrophe was rooted in the thinking of R. Elijah of Vilna ("Ha'gra,,)l and Wasserman's a In honor ofYosefBen Shlomo, truest of scholars, upon retirement. * I am grateful to the Library of Congress' Hebraica Division and Office of Scholarly Programs (where I served as visiting scholar, 1998-1999) for extraordinary help in providing the materials and facilities needed to complete this essay, and to the Finkler Instirute for Holocaust Research at Bar nan Uni- versity, directed by Dan Michman, for continued support of my work in this field. Ya'akov Dekel and Shalom Rosenberg of Jerusalem, as well as Asher Fin- kel of New York, provided me with learned insights. Note to the reader: Wasserman's citations for his rabbinic sources were often imprecise. Those given in parentheses are provided by
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