A woman lost all of her material possessions, and she was ordered to appear before the King. She was worried about what the King would say to her, and she asked three friends to go with her when she appeared before the King. The first friend said that he would not go with her to see the King. The second friend said that he would go with her to the palace, but that he would not go with her inside the palace to see the King. The third friend said that he would go with her to see the King and that he would plead for the King to show kindness to her. In this parable, the woman is a human being who has died and so has lost all her material possessions. The first friend symbolizes her wealth, which will not go with her after she dies. The second friend symbolizes her family, who will go with her only as far as her gravesite. The third friend symbolizes her good deeds, which will plead for her before God.
When Rabbi Zusya was dying, he was afraid even though he knew that God is loving and merciful. He told his students, “When I stand before the Throne of Judgment, I am not worried that God will ask me, ‘Why were you not a Moses?’ After all, I am not Moses. I am not worried that God will ask me, ‘Why were you not an Isaiah?’ After all, I am not Isaiah. However, I am worried that God will ask me, ‘Zusya, why were you not Zusya? Why didn’t you live up to the best that Zusya could have been?’”
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