10 SEC READING: a hassidic story

Nahum of Bratslav said:

“When I appear before the Heavenly tribunal and I am asked, ‘Why did you not lead your people like Moses?’
I shall not be afraid.

‘When I am asked, ‘Why were you not a David who worshiped me and shepherded your people?’
I will be calm.

‘When they query, ‘Why were you not Elijah who spoke the truth and brought forth justice?’
Even then I will not shake.

“Ah, but when they ask, ‘Nahum, why were you not Nahum?’
It is then I will tremble from head to toe!”

 
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story sent by Darryl Willis