Tzaddikim: the 36 immortals of Judaism

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  1. iBrian

    iBrian Peace, Love and Unity Staff Member

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    I found a fascinating discussion about "immortals" on the Straight Dope website, which eventually brought up the subject of Tzaddikim. Now, apparently, in some aspect of the Judaic tradition, there's an idea that there are 36 righteous people on earth at any one time, who are effectively "immortal" (or else, live an extraordinary amount of time).

    Here's some background info:

    From http://www.toddweinstein.com/art/text.htm
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    Also, from http://headcoverings-by-devorah.com/OrachChayim/HebglossTz.html
    There are also a couple of stories that cover the theme of the Tzaddikim here:
    http://www.chabad.org/library/article.asp?AID=2136
    http://www.chabad.org/library/article.asp?AID=54382
     

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