Friday, November 07, 2014

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Emunah in the Tzadik or Not?

via Lma’an Yishme’u

The Baal Shem Tov taught: In every generation there is a tzaddik. Some people don't have many mitzvos to their credit, but they have emuna in the tzaddik, while others, who do many mitzvos to their credit, don't believe in the tzaddik.

The reason for this is the following: Since neshamos today are gilgulim, the above distinction depends on the source of an individual's neshama. If the source is refined, that person is given the merit of believing in the tzaddik. If not, he is lacking in emuna and sometimes does not even know of the tzaddik at all. We, therefore, who know and believe in the tzaddik, are not at all superior to those who don't know and believe in tzaddikim and may even oppose them, since possibly those people do even more mitzvos than we do. It is not proper to separate ourselves from them; rather, we should be together be'achdus.

(מגדל עז ע' שמד)

1 comment:

  1. Are we talking about one tzaddik, or the term tzaddik in general? (We believe there are 36 known and 36 hidden, right?)
    Who is a tzaddik today?


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