In tracing the tradition of HaRav Shimshon Rafa'el Hirsch, I arrived at the famed RaM"A (Rav Moshe Isserles) with help from the beloved MY community. As Rabbi Lawrence Kelemen mentions having done in one of his shi'urim, I'd like to try to trace HaRaM"A's tradition back as far as possible.
Here is the trail I've uncovered thus far:
- Rav Moshe Isserles (and Rav Shelomo Luria, HaMaHarSha"L) learned from Rav Shalom Shakhna of Lublin
- Rav Shalom Shakhna of Lublin learned from Rav Ya'aqov Pollaq (Hebrew Wikipedia)
- Rav Ya'aqov Pollaq learned from Rav Ya'aqov Margolioth of Nuremberg1
1. Note that the Jewish Encyclopedia is not fully convinced of this link. However, the Jewish Encyclopedia at Daat.co.il and a footnote in "Kereti U'Peleti" (Rav Yehonatan Eibeshitz) do support the link.