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:

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.

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    Look in the following books: Artscroll Early Acharonim Artscroll Rishonim Herald of Destiny and books by R. Zecharya Fendel Hatzlacha!
    – S.H.
    Commented May 16, 2017 at 1:07
  • @S.H. If you have info to post from those books, that would be great!
    – Lee
    Commented May 16, 2017 at 14:23

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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 (1293)

R’ Yitzchak of Duren (Shaarei Durah)

R’ Alexander Zusiein Hakohen (Agudah) (1348)

Meir Bar Baruch Halevi (1390)

R’ Sholom of Neustadt

R’ Yaakov Moelin (Maharil) (1427)

R’ Yisroel Isserlein (Trumas Hadeshen) (1460)

R’ Tavoli

Rabbi Yaakov Margolies (1501)

Rabbi Yaakov Pollak (1530)

Rabbi Sholom Shachna (1558)

Rabbi Moshe Isserles ‘“Rama’” (1572)

Unfortunately it doesn't provide the sources it relied on for making that chart.

  • Your final remark kind of this down a bit. On the other hand, did most Ashkenazi rishonim have a mesorah from Rashi? Commented May 1, 2015 at 15:55
  • i believe this chart comes from r' kelemen Commented Sep 13, 2016 at 20:12

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