Although earning the title of tzaddik
tamim--wholly righteous for his strict obedience to God, Noah walked with God (Gen.
, shaman: there may be something of all of these in David Rothenberg, who was celebrated Feb.
Whereas Martin Buber's renditions of Hasidic stories, popular among American Jewish intellectuals from the late 1940s, turn on the tzaddik
-disciple relationship, Roth gives us a would-be disciple without a real tzaddik
(righteous one), a potentially meaningful encounter without a genuine exchange.
One thing they do make plain is the exalted figure of the tzaddik
It is said that if one dies on Shabbat, he is a tzaddik
Returning to the rabbinic texts on salvation, we note the striking absence of a definition of the requirements to become a tzaddik
of the nations.
Based on the idea that while a tzaddik
lives in the future, his goal is the betterment of the present, Yonatan started thinking about how this genre affects the present-day.
The son of Hasidic leader Reb Saunders, Danny looks to be his father's successor as spiritual leader or Tzaddik
But they remained mere objects to the Tzaddik
as subject: He prayed for them, blessed them, and defended them because they were his hapless brothers, religious and existential weaklings who meant well and whose Father appreciated such concerns for his still-beloved children.
The central conflict develops as Danny gradually considers rejecting the inherited position of tzaddik
within his small community, choosing instead the dangerous world of Freud and psychoanalysis.
The notion derives from a comment by the Vilna Gaon and probably reflects his antipathy toward the Chasidic concept of the tzaddik
Later choreographers who delved into their Jewish past were Eliot Feld, with Tzaddik
and Sephardic Song (both 1974); Meredith Monk in her master, piece Quarry (1976); Amy Sue Rosen s Discipledom (1992); and Anna Halprin with The Grandfather Dance (1995), in which she wears pajamas that belonged to her grandfather, a cantor.