Definitions

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  • noun Honorary title for a Jewish scholar who is noted for his wisdom and knowledge of the Talmud.
  • noun In modern usage, a genius.

Etymologies

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From Hebrew גאון ("grandeur, majesty, genius").

Examples

  • The residence of the Gaon was a Jewish metropolis as early as the eighteenth century, and during the whole of the nineteenth century Wilna was the Jewish city

    The Renascence of Hebrew Literature (1743-1885)

  • Israeli demonstrators showed up during rehearsals and a few performances, but the run of "Return to Haifa" proceeded without disruption, according to both Gaon and Semel.

    'Return to Haifa' crosses borders of war

  • Gaon says that a number of prominent theater people turned down offers to participate in "Return to Haifa," and later, so did some of the smaller but vital theaters around the country to which the play might normally have moved after a Tel Aviv run.

    'Return to Haifa' crosses borders of war

  • "Some actors and directors that were approached, they didn't want the headache," Gaon notes.

    'Return to Haifa' crosses borders of war

  • "I believe that theater cannot solve all the problems," says Noam Semel, the Cameri's director-general, who traveled to Washington with Gaon for the premiere.

    'Return to Haifa' crosses borders of war

  • At the same time, Gaon, the Israeli playwright, attempted to use his version as a way of providing the audience with a more balanced view -- the duel of the Palestinian and Israeli narratives, if you will, which goes back to 1948 and Israel's War of Independence and the Palestinians' Nakba Disaster That may explain why Gaon has been criticized by both Palestinians and Israelis.

    Leon T. Hadar: Return to Haifa: Whose Narrative Is It Anyway?

  • Gaon and Peter get out of the way of the powerful story and let the characters do the rest.

    In 'Haifa,' a heartfelt di l emma

  • But through Kanafani's literary output, Gaon says, he found a man of more subtlety than is revealed in the words of a propagandist.

    'Return to Haifa' crosses borders of war

  • At the same time, Gaon, the Israeli playwright, attempted to use his version as a way of providing the audience with a more balanced view -- the duel of the Palestinian and Israeli narratives, if you will, which goes back to 1948 and Israel's War of Independence and the Palestinians' Nakba Disaster That may explain why Gaon has been criticized by both Palestinians and Israelis.

    Leon T. Hadar: Return to Haifa: Whose Narrative Is It Anyway?

  • "One of the most moving nights of my life was when we did the show for an amazing organization of Jews and Palestinians who lost loved ones during the conflict," Gaon remembers.

    'Return to Haifa' crosses borders of war

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