Rabbi Meshulam Zusha on His Death Bed

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

When Rabbi Meshulam Zusha of Hanipol was very old, and seemed to be in his final days on earth, his students gathered by his side, and asked him all sorts of questions.  Rabbi Zusha was known as one of the well-known tzaddik of his time, one of the great Hassidic scholars.  The term, “tzaddik” is derived from the same root as the Arabic, “swiddiq”, “affirmer of truth”.

Finally, one asked him, “Rabbi Zusha, what do you fear most about dying?”

“I fear what they will ask me when I go to Heaven,” he replied.

“And what will they ask you?” the students inquired.

“They will not ask me, ‘Zusha, why were you not like Moses?’ Or, ‘Zusha, why were you not like Abraham?’ Or, ‘Zusha, why were you not like Noah?’ They will ask me, ‘Zusha, why were you not Zusha?’”


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