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‘Once the ancient Rabbi Zusia appeared before his disciples crying and wringing his hands. Alarmed, they asked him, “Why are you so upset.”

Zusia replied, “I have just had a vision telling me the one all important question the angels will ask me about my life after I die!”

“But Zusia,” his disciples exclaimed, “you have had led such a noble and exemplary life! What question could possibly scare you so?”

Zusia heaved a great sigh. “I have learned that the angels will not, after all, ask me, ‘Why weren’t you a Moses, delivering your people from bondage?’ ”

“Very well,” said his disciples, “so what will they ask you?”

Zusia, still lost in grief, cried out, “And I have learned that I will not, after all, be asked, ‘Why weren’t you a Joshua, bringing your people into the promised land?'”

Frustrated, the leading disciple stepped forward and, grasping Zusia’s shoulders to calm him, spoke more sternly, “Tell us, I beg you! What exactly is it that the angels will ask you?”

Zusia answered in a chastened voice, “The angels will say to me, ‘Zusia, there was one great being that you could have been and that no power in the Heaven and Earth could have kept you from being but yourself.’ Then they will ask me, ‘Why weren’t you Zusia?'”