Nothing Could Make Him More Excited

dinner talmidim 24 (2)This story took place at a time that both Rav Moshe and I were living in Eretz Yisrael.  We had both been in the States, and at the time Eretz Yisrael was ahead of America by a parsha.  When we got back to Eretz Yisrael, they were up to Acharei-Mos/Kedoshim, and we would miss Tazriah/Metzorah.  My feeling was that there was nothing to do about it, and that’s that.  But Rav Moshe was simply unwilling to accept such a thing.  He identified a hotel where there were chutznikim who would be leining Tazriah/Metzorah, and afterwards we would go to Zichron Moshe to hear Acharei-Mos/Kedoshim.  And that’s what we did.  When we completed the plan, Rav Moshe turned to me with the biggest smile and said, “We did it!”  It was evident that fulfilling a mitzvah in the best way possible was his greatest source of joy.  Nothing could make him more excited.

(Rav Shmuel Menachem Rabinovici)