The story and final quote “Before his death, Rabbi Zusya said, ‘In the coming world, they will not ask me: Why were you not Moses?’ They will ask me: ‘Why were you not Zusya?’ ” is often ascribed to "the Talmud."

What's the actual reference?

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    Martin Buber, Tales of the Hasidim, Book I, p. 251. Based on real story: en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zusha_of_Hanipol Jul 12, 2023 at 16:14
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    Zusha of Hanipol did not live in the times of Hazal. He is a Hasidic figure who lived in 18th century Poland.
    – ezra
    Jul 12, 2023 at 17:04
  • Famously, the brother of Rav Elimelech of Lizhensk
    – Dov
    Jul 12, 2023 at 17:55
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    It's most certainly not from the Talmud and this is the first I've come across anyone claiming such
    – Dude
    Jul 12, 2023 at 23:36
  • Can you point to a source that ascribes it to the Talmud?
    – Menachem
    Jul 13, 2023 at 18:19


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