Rav Elazar Menachem Man Shach was born in the Lithuanian village of Vaboilnik to Rabbi Ezriel and Batsheva Shach.
At the young age of 11, Rav Shach went to learn at the Ponevezh Yeshiva headed by Rav Itzele Ponovezer. He then transferred to Yeshivas Knesses Yisrael Slabodka where he studied under Rabbi Moshe Mordechai Epstein. When World War I broke out in 1914, Rav Shach initially returned to his family and then wandered across Lithuania continuing to study Torah diligently.
In 1915, he...(more