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A large proportion of Ashenazim use a mourning period from the first day of Rosh Chodesh Iyar until the 3rd of Sivan (although Lag B'Omer itself is a "window", a one-day respite from mourning). This is in memory of the Crusades that happened during this period and in general affected Ashkenazi communities. Ashkenazim therefore also recite "Av Harachamim" ...


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SimpleToRemember.com has a mesorah chain that goes up through the RaM"A. From Rashi to the RaM"A looks like this: Rav Shlomo Yitzchaki - ‘“Rashi’” (1105) R’ Shmuel ben Meir (Rashbam) (1174) R’ Yaakov ben Meir (Rabbenu Tam) (1171) Eliezer Me-Metz (1175) Rokeach (1238) R’ Yitzchak of Vienna (Ohr Zaruah) Rav Meir of Rothenberg ...


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According to Hebrew Wikipedia he received Semicha from the Chacham Tzvi. קיבל סמיכה מאת החכם צבי Still following the trail at Hebrew WP, he, in turn, learned from his grandfather, R' Ephraim Hakohen (אפרים הכהן), author of the commentary Machaneh Ephraim on the Torah. He, in turn, learned from R' Moshe Lima (משה לימא), author of the commentary ...



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