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1)Who do we know to refer to as a "Gadol?"

2)How do we determine who is a "Gadol?"

For example, how did we determine that Rav Elyashiv is a Gadol?

A Gadol HaDor is known as one of the most respected people in Judaism and who's words are taken very seriously.

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Sadly, the last line in your question isn't true for many Orthodox Jews, because of the recent games played with "gadols" –  avi Jan 5 '12 at 7:11
    
related question judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/5553/… –  avi Jan 5 '12 at 7:16
    
this basically answers the question but I didn't write it so I won't post it as an answer: judaism.stackexchange.com/a/13039/759 –  Double AA Jan 5 '12 at 22:08
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Reb Moshe Feinstein's answer to this question can be found in the article referenced here in the New York Times from May 5, 1975.

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I would still love if someone could get me an access to this article or some way to get it online –  simchastorah Jan 5 '12 at 1:28
    
You wrote "here" but no link...Or was the link the bottom link? –  Hacham Gabriel Jan 5 '12 at 3:23
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a summary please –  avi Jan 5 '12 at 7:07
    
if you can get me trhe article I would be very happy to summarize –  simchastorah Jan 5 '12 at 13:21
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Just heard this Shiur last night, and it was great. Highly recommended. http://torahlectures.com/view-6696.aspx

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Could you give a summary for those who don't have an hour to listen? –  Dave Jan 5 '12 at 5:05
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