There's a popular understanding that the Gra asked R Chaim of Volozhin to write a sefer based on his teachings that would deal with many points that the sefer Tanya dealt with and this is the Nefesh HaChaim.

  1. Is there a source to this story?
  2. If not, is it a given that what R Chaim writes in his book is what the Gra himself held to be true?

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The Toras ha'Gra is on a different plane than the ideas expressed in the writings of Reb Chaim Volozhin so it is probably not possible to make this comparison.

  • sources? [char]
    – mevaqesh
    Jul 7, 2016 at 1:28

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