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The Torah of Reb Zusya

A classic story tells about the great Reb Zusha, who was found agitated and upset as he lay on deathbed. His students asked, "Rebbe, why are you so sad? After all the great things you have accomplished, your place in heaven is assured!" "I'm afraid!" Zusha replied, "Because when I get to heaven, God won't ask me 'Why weren't you more like Moses?' or 'Why weren't you more like King David?' God will ask 'Zusha, why weren't you more like Zusha?' And then what will I say!?"

The ultimate question we must all ask ourselves is, "why am I not more like myself? Why am I not more like the person I was born to be?" Our souls are equally a spark of G-d, but each spark is unique. It shines in a way no other soul can, and gives us the ability to bring goodness, holiness, righteousness, and healing in specific ways and to specific people and situations which no one else can.

This week's challenge: What are your soul's specific gifts? If G-d asked you, today, why are you not living up to your soul's potential, what would you say, and what can you do to grow more fully into them?

With Love,

Rabbi Moshe


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