“When the yeshiva was in Bnei Brak, money was very, very tight, and people didn’t have money to pay for a car. As I happened to have a car, I used to take the Rav all over the place. There was a long period of time when the Rav used to leave straight after the Vatikin (dawn) minyan, and stay out doing hitbodedut until nightfall.
“I used to take him on the road, and the Rav never told me where to go, or where to stop. We used to travel to some desert, or to a forest, and wherever I decided to stop, that’s where the Rav would go and do his hitbodedut for the rest of the day.
One time, I said to myself that the Rav never tells me to stop, so I’m going to drive on until he actually tells me to stop. We were driving for three hours, and the Rav never so much as uttered a sound! Finally, my patience ran out so I got to some place and I stopped, and the Rav got out as usual and went to do his hitbodedut for the rest of the day.
The Rav casts himself entirely on Hashem, and goes wherever Hashem takes him."
“I was the Rav’s driver in Bnei Brak for a few years. At that time, the Rabbanit was teaching at Or HaChayim School, and she used to try to make shidduchim between her pupils, and the students at Shuvu Banim. There was one young man at the yeshiva who’d joined us from Haifa, and the Rabbanit wanted to introduce him to one of her pupils.
On Chol Hamoed Succot, the Rabbanit asked the Rav to travel up to Haifa to propose the shidduch to this young man. At this point, the Rav was travelling around to kibbutzes to do kiruv, and over Succot he was going to a different place in the country pretty much every single day.
When the Rabbanit spoke to him, the Rav hadn’t slept for two days straight already, but we headed straight out and the Rav sat next to me. The whole time during the two hour drive, he sat bolt-upright and alert, so that he wouldn’t accidentally fall asleep outside of the succah.
In the middle of the drive, I noticed that the Rav was starting to nod off. Because I knew how much he didn’t want that to happen, I gave him a gentle pat with my hand, to remind him to stay awake. The Rav was very alarmed by what had nearly happened, and from that point on he was half-standing up in the car.
The rest of the way there, and the whole way back, he was practically standing up in the car for a few hours, in order that he wouldn’t fall asleep outside of the succah!”