Levi Isaac of Berdichev, indicates that the Tzaddiqim
, "now have the power to interpret the Torah in the way they like" (23) even if in heaven this interpretation is not accepted.
Hasidic sources, according to Idel, provide the first instances in which the cosmic and eschatological pillars are associated with specific living persons, namely the Hasidic tzaddiqim
, bringing the architectural and ritualistic depictions of the pillar together in a new way.
It retraces the martyrdom of one of the traditional Jewish Lamed Waw Tzaddiqim
("The 36 Just Men"), Ernie Levy, who, caught in the madness of Nazism, suffers every possible horror.