Lamedvavniks : the Yiddish term for Tzadikim

Quote: The Tzadikim Nistarim (Hebrew: צַדִיקִים נִסתָּרים‎, hidden righteous ones) or Lamed Vav Tzadikim (Hebrew: ל”ו צַדִיקִים‎, 36 righteous ones), often abbreviated to Lamed Vav(niks)[a], refers to 36 Righteous people, a notion rooted within the more mystical dimensions of Judaism. The singular form is Tzadik Nistar (Hebrew: צַדִיק נִסתָר‎).

Lamedvavniks

Lamedvavnik is the Yiddish term for one of the 36 humble righteous ones or Tzadikim mentioned in kabbalah or Jewish mysticism. According to this teaching, at any given time there are at least 36 holy Jews in the world who are Tzadikim. These holy people are hidden; i.e., nobody knows who they are. According to some versions of the story, they themselves may not know who they are. For the sake of these 36 hidden saints, God preserves the world even if the rest of humanity has degenerated to the level of total barbarism. This is similar to the story of Sodom and Gomorrah in the Hebrew Bible, where God told Abraham that he would spare the city of Sodom if there was a quorum of at least 10 righteous men. Since nobody knows who the Lamedvavniks are, not even themselves, every Jew should act as if he or she might be one of them; i.e., lead a holy and humble life and pray for the sake of fellow human beings. It is also said that one of these 36 could potentially be the Jewish Messiah if the world is ready for them to reveal themselves. Otherwise, they live and die as an ordinary person. Whether the person knows they are the potential Messiah is debated.

The term lamedvavnik is derived from the Hebrew letters Lamed (L) and Vav (V), whose numerical value adds up to 36. The “nik” at the end is a Russian or Yiddish suffix indicating “a person who…” (As in “Beatnik”; in English, this would be something like calling them “The Thirty-Sixers”.) The number 36 is twice 18. In gematria (a form of Jewish numerology), the number 18 stands for “life”, because the Hebrew letters that spell chai, meaning “living”, add up to 18. Because 36 = 2×18, it represents “two lives”.

In some Hasidic stories, disciples consider their Rebbes and other religious figures to be among the Lamedvavniks. It is also possible for a Lamedvavnik to reveal themselves as such, although that rarely happens—a Lamedvavnik’s status as an exemplar of humility would preclude it. More often, it is the disciples who speculate.

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A seraph (pl. seraphim; Hebrew: שְׂרָפִים Śerafim, singular שָׂרָף Śeraf; Latin: seraphi[m], singular seraph[us]; Greek: σεραφείμ) is a type of celestial being in Judaism and Christianity. Literally “burning ones”, the word is normally a synonym for serpents when used in the Hebrew bible

I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and His train filled the Hekhal (sanctuary). Above him stood the Seraphim; each had six wings; with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.” (Isaiah 6:1–3) In Isaiah’s vision the seraphim cry continually to each other, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of His glory”
“Day and night with out ceasing they sing: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come.”
“The name seraphim clearly indicates their ceaseless and eternal revolution about Divine Principles, their heat and keenness, the exuberance of their intense, perpetual, tireless activity, and their elevative and energetic assimilation of those below, kindling them and firing them to their own heat, and wholly purifying them by a burning and all-consuming flame; and by the unhidden, unquenchable, changeless, radiant and enlightening power, dispelling and destroying the shadows of darkness”[6]

St. Thomas Aquinas in his Summa Theologiae offers a description of the nature of the Seraphim:

“The name ‘Seraphim’ does not come from charity only, but from the excess of charity, expressed by the word ardor or fire. Hence Dionysius (Coel. Hier. vii) expounds the name ‘Seraphim’ according to the properties of fire, containing an excess of heat. Now in fire we may consider three things.

“First, the movement which is upwards and continuous. This signifies that they are borne inflexibly towards God.

“Secondly, the active force which is ‘heat,’ which is not found in fire simply, but exists with a certain sharpness, as being of most penetrating action, and reaching even to the smallest things, and as it were, with superabundant fervor; whereby is signified the action of these angels, exercised powerfully upon those who are subject to them, rousing them to a like fervor, and cleansing them wholly by their heat.

“Thirdly we consider in fire the quality of clarity, or brightness; which signifies that these angels have in themselves an inextinguishable light, and that they also perfectly enlighten others.”


There are not less than 36 tzaddikim/righteous persons in the world who receive the Shekhinah/the Divine Presence .. 36 is significant … 666 .. the seraphim have six wings and sing holy holy holy(666) .. evolution through charity(fire) … particles evolve through revolving in mutual sympathy — as the quality of information increases grace provides for quantum jumps in existential modalities .. the shekina is a pillar of fire .. the glory of god .. tzaddikim is a fire priest … melchizedek

the concepts of the ‘Merkabah’ and “Axis Mundi’ are central to understanding the concepts underlying the Tzaddikim and Seraphim .. these concepts include properties of evolution and revolution – the 6 universal directions depicted by the chi rho – the universal constant – corporeal substantiation – scalar depth — these two symbols( Vavniks and seraph) refer to the glue that holds it all together – LOVE/EVOL

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merkabah
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melchizedek
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shekhinah#The_Glory_of_the_Lord
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Axis_mundi

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