HaAchim HaKedoshim - Rabbi Elimelech & Rabbi Zusha. Machon Zecher Naftali
האחים הקדושים. מכון זכר נפתלי
Reb Zusha was laying on his deathbed surrounded by his disciples. He was crying and no one could comfort him. One student asked his Rebbe, "Why do you cry? You were almost as wise as Moses and as kind as Abraham." Reb Zusha answered, "When I pass from this world and appear before the Heavenly Tribunal, they won't ask me, 'Zusha, why weren't you as wise as Moses or as kind as Abraham,' rather, they will ask me, 'Zusha, why weren't you Zusha?' Why didn't I fulfill my potential, why didn't I follow the path that could have been mine.

Suggested Discussion Questions:

1. Who must we strive to be? Who are the models we should aspire to?

2. What value does this text relay about our actions?

3. What might Zuscha have done more fully? What would you do if you were really to live according to your values to the fullest extent?

Time Period: Modern (Spinoza through post-WWII)