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I'm currently making a Mesorah chart (I know there are some out there, I just wanted to do it myself). I've gotten all the way back to the Vilna Gaon's Rav, Rav Moshe Margolis, but I can't find any sources as to who his Rav was.

If anybody has any information out there about who his Rav was, I'd really appreciate it. Please cite all sources.

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    See the first paragraph on this page, which casts doubt on the idea that the Vilna Gaon was a student of the P'nei Moshe. – Fred Jul 19 '16 at 22:21
  • i learned a while ago that Gra learned under the Shaagas aryeh – gt6989b Jul 20 '16 at 16:20
  • this Russian source (toldot.ru/tora/articles/articles_738.html, written by a known talmid chacham in the Russian world) claims he learned from Pnei Moshe until the age of 9 – gt6989b Jul 20 '16 at 16:26
  • @gt6989b this is a well known legend. The question is whether it is true. – mevaqesh Jul 21 '16 at 0:09
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    The Gaon’s sons wrote in their intro. to the Shulchan Aruch that their father “learned by a rebbi only until six years old”. They don’t mention R. Margolios once. That’s pretty telling, coming from the Gaon’s own sons. – Oliver Jan 25 at 3:20

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