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R. Zusha of Anipoli

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R. Zusha of Anipoli: 1718?-1800; disciple of Rabbi DovBer of Mezritch; famed for his simple ways and self-effacement
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“And what are you going to claim on Judgement Day, eh, Zusha? Your soul will know no peace when that time comes!”
As he finally made his weary way to bed, he was arrested by the brokenhearted sound of Reb Zusha crying.
The door creaked on its hinges as Rabbi Lippman hurried to open it for the band of strangers. The men were dressed in rags and tatters, their beards had grown wild...
“You’re invited to dine with me but I have one simple request: for each meal, please prepare a small dvar Torah to share at the table.”
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