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soc.culture.jewish FAQ: Jewish Thought (6/12)
Section - Question 12.41: I've heard about 36 taddiks?

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                                  Answer:
   
   There is an idea in the Talmud that at all times there are at least 36
   righteous people. It's because this minimum always exists that makes
   the world's existance worthwhile. The identity of these 36 is not
   necessarily known. The 36 most righteous people in the world are bound
   to include some people who never became famous. Perhaps most of them
   are total unknowns. In Chassidic thought, the 36 righteous people are
   in particular such hidden tzaddikim.

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