Zaddik (Heb., ‘righteous man’). A model of Jewish behaviour who is much praised in biblical literature. The zaddik (tsaddik) is the name given to the ḥasidic leader whose charismatic personality is devoutly admired among his followers. He is believed to have attained mystical union with God, and employs his powers for the benefit of his community. He keeps court to which the individual Ḥasid makes pilgrimage, and he is perceived as the ladder between Heaven and earth.
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