Rabbi Yaakov Yisrael Kanievsky, known as the Steipler was born in 1899.
At the age of eleven, he went to study in Novorodock under the great leader Reb Yosef Yoizel Hurwitz. He ascended quickly in his studies and at the age of nineteen he was sent by Reb Yosef Yoizel to head a yeshiva in Rogatshov. At that time he was conscripted into the Russian army where he continued to strictly observe the mitzvot in spite of the unbearable conditions. He insisted on wearing a summer uniform in the...(more