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In an effort to trace back Rabbi-to-student transmission of tradition, I've run into some dead ends, and I'm hoping the community can offer some leads. Under whom did the following Rabbis study?

  1. Naftali Tzvi Yehuda Berlin (Netziv)
  2. Yosef Dov Ber Soloveitchik (Bais HaLevi)
  3. Aryeh Leib Ginzberg (Sha'agat Aryeh)

For the next two, I have their immediate mentor, but then the trail dries up:

  1. Eliyahu of Vilna (Vilna Gaon) studied under R. Moses Margalit
  2. Akiva Eger studied under his uncle R. Wolf Eger

I appreciate any information that can get my quest back on track. Thanks.

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IIRC, the Vilna Gaon studied under R. Margolis (author of the Pnei Moshe) only until age 11. –  Dave Dec 21 '10 at 23:09
Under whom did Rabbi Chayim Ozer study? –  Adam Mosheh Jan 10 '12 at 21:29
Religious Jews have, and have had for a very long time, a custom to refer to their Torah Giants using a prefix of Rav or Rabbi etc. –  CB01 Jan 24 '12 at 11:17

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Fantastic. Thanks a million. –  Barry Dec 22 '10 at 21:27

When the Netziv was 11 years old he was sent to learn in Volozhin. Half a year after his Bar Mitzva, the Rosh Yeshiva Rav Itzele Volozhin the son of Rav Chaim Volozhin, saw him fit from all the other budding stars, to take him as a son-in-law.


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In his youth Yosef Dov Ber Soloveitchik (Bais HaLevi) lived in Brod. One anecdote illustrates his early mastery of rabbinic learning. Rabbi Shlomo Kluger, the rabbi of Brod, enjoyed engaging in Talmud studies with him.


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