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The Manchester Rosh Yeshiva Acting Like A Kid
The Manchester Rosh Yeshivah, R' Yehudah Zev Segal, was known for running to his Succah on the first night of Succos with the anticipation and enthusiasm of a small child. Once when he was sitting in his succah, a visiting talmid got up to start leaving, and R' Segal walked him to the door, but no further. "Please forgive me - I would love to escort you further, but it would mean too great a loss - each moment that one is in the succah he fulfills a mitzvah," he said.
R' Segal also spent hours selecting hadasim; he felt that his lengthy effort was a segulah for siyata dishmaya in shemiras ha'einayim. In fact, R' Segal said that all the exertion and stress one undergoes erecting a succah and purchasing the arba minim is spiritually cleansing and is part of a complete teshuvah. (The Manchester Rosh Yeshivah)
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