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Reb Zusya, an early Hassidic rabbi, is known to have said:

“In the world to come, I shall not be asked, ‘Why were you not Moses?’

I shall instead be asked,

‘Why were you not Zusya?”


“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”
Dr. Seuss


You are special.  Be you.

  • Yes, it’s risky (you will be judged)
  • Yes, it takes courage (you know you’re not perfect)
  • Yes, you’re exposed (because you are different)
  • Yes, it’s threatening (you have your opinions)
  • Yes, it’s embarrassing (you have your style)
  • Yes, it’s scary (you will be liberated)
  • Yes, it’s stressful (you will change things)
  • Yes, it’s __________ (because ____________)  (Hit the “leave a reply” link below!)

But, really; isn’t all that just a walk in the park compared to having to answer the question that Zusya imagines having to answer?

Why were you not you?


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