62) According to one source, "Several tzaddikim
wanted to ordain [Asher Yechezkel] as admor, but he wouldn't agree.
were often credited with working miraculous cures and other preternatural feats.
Most Jewish Tzaddikim
(saintly men, revered rabbis), for example, have often strayed from the straight and narrow.
As Jewish legend would have it, there are thirty-six tzaddikim
in the world, thirty-six lamed vov, righteous, just men, upon whom the world depends.
He said, "Know that all of the descents, breakdowns and confusion are required in order to enter the gates of holiness, and all the great tzaddikim
went through them .
92) The Gra may well have felt that Passover's optimal redemptive potential was squandered by the practices of the tzaddikim
and their followers.
In Hasidism, devotees often follow charismatic leaders, known as tzaddikim
With great sarcasm, Shalev states that he "assume[s] that even righteous tzaddikim
, great Torah scholars, even rabbis and religious judges whose righteousness extends to the highest and holiest reaches of Israeli politics, are not perfect in this regard, are not innocent of one sort of coveting or another.
As the Keeper of the Soul-Candles he functions as an Elijah-type figure who is hidden in the forest in the model of the Lamed-Vav Tzaddikim
, the Thirty-Six Hidden Saints who are said to be the pillars of the world.
Moreover, there were other such holy women in Hasidic tradition; although they were almost always from the families of great tzaddikim
, the preservation of traditions about them suggests a certain openness to the phenomenon of limited female religious leadership.