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Rav Moshe Feinstein's Erev Yom Kippur Preparations
On Erev Yom Kippur after Mincha in Tiferes Yerushalayim, everybody hurried home to eat the seudah hamafsekes, and finish preparing for Yom Kippur. The Rosh Yeshivah, Rav Moshe Feinstein, zt"l, however, had other plans. Walking home with his talmid, he suggested that they visit the elderly rav of Boyan. This rav was bedridden, and R' Moshe was aware that most people would be too busy to visit him on Erev Yom Kippur. His talmid agreed and they both hastened to reach his house.
When they arrived, they found the rav lying in bed alone and dejected. The rav's face lit up when he saw Rav Moshe and his talmid. They sat down, and Rav Moshe talked to the man at length, without showing the slightest bit of impatience or worry about the passing time. Rav Moshe sat and talked until he saw a discernible change in the Rav's mood. Only then did he arise, and wish the Rav a gemar chasimah tovah. Once he was outside, he quickly hurried his steps to reach home in time to eat the seudah hamafsekes.
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