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When Moshe Feinstein zl moved, he said to a visitor "Baruch Hashem I moved to a new apartment". The visitor asked if the new apartment was so much better than the old one and R Moshe answered Oh no! A dwelling is a dwelling - the advantages of one over the other are insignificant for me. I am happy, though, that I now live further from the yeshivah ...


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Rav Hutner asks why there is no concept of increasing schar pesios with other mitzvos, e.g. I am not obliged to walk to the most distant mocher arba minim in town. He says because the inyan of tefillah is hiskarvus, therefore being niskarev to the shul is part of the avodah. Therefore it is not a whimsical schar (zigzagging would increase the schar) but a ...


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Read about it more here. Since the main idea is to make a greater effort, it would seem to me (based on the information in the link) that the answer to your first two questions is yes, while the answer to the last is no, as mentioned explicitly in the Tzitz Eliezer in the above source: וענין זה של שכר פסיעות מסתברא דבודאי לא מקיימים ע"י נסיעה ברכב, דהגם ...



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