The Tisch: Two roads diverged

ByLEVI COOPER
May 4, 2017 11:13

Indeed, as we stand at various crossroads of our life’s journeys, choosing divinely inspired paths makes all the difference.

Choosing a path

Choosing a path. (photo credit:INGIMAGE)

Rabbi Meshulam Zusha of Annopol (1718-1800) was one of the colorful personalities in the formative years of what would coalesce as the hassidic movement. In various ways, “the Rebbe, Reb Zusha” – as he is affectionately known – was unlike many of his famous colleagues: He did not author seminal works in hassidic thought, he did not establish a dynasty of hassidic masters that continues to thrive today, and he did not serve in the official rabbinate of important towns. Notwithstanding, Reb Zusha has a favored place in hassidic lore and in collective memory.

One of Reb Zusha’s disciples – the hassidic master Rabbi Moshe Elyakim Beriah Hopsztayn of Kozienice (1757-1828) in his posthumously published work Daat Moshe – related the following Reb Zusha vignette: Reb Zusha was once traveling when he came to a fork in the road and he did not know which path to take.

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