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A person of outstanding virtue and piety according to Jewish standards.

The Zaddik is the charismatic leader in Hasidism, also known as the Rebbe in order to distinguish him from the Rabbi in the conventional sense. This spelling of the word in English is now the usual form but a more correct transliteration would be tzaddik, meaning "righteous man."
The model for the Zaddik was found in Hasidism in the miracle-working prophets Elisha and Elijah, in some of the holy men of prayer in Talmudic times, and in various saintly figures in the Middle Ages.
by Swatz May 30, 2012

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