18 Features of a Tzaddik
By Kabbalist Rabbi Yitzchak Schwartz
Until this point, we have explored the Jewish angle of manifesting. Briefly, this involves a primal
shift in focus from the popular standard "Secret" orientation. Instead of focusing on what G-d
can do for you, we say the opposite. [This sort of recalls what President Kennedy used to say,
what your country can do for you, but ask what you can do for your
Our Jewish angle or secret of "The Secret" is all about aligning my will with the Divine Will - wanting
what He wants. To the extent that I do this, He will want to manifest what I want, even to the
point that others will come flocking to help me carry out my desired outcome, and [if I'm really
and truly aligned] miraculous manifestations will happen for me constantly and automatically
even needing to ask for it! The question and challenge to be posed is
transform myself in to becoming so aligned. Our lesson will begin to tackle that challenge
from at least one
of a number of angles - becoming a 'Tzaddik' [a righteous person]...
- ME A TZADIK?
I know that many of you [ maybe myself included] are probably saying at this point,
that Yitzchak just lost it. All he wants us to do to manifest our desires is to become a
'Tzaddik' [or 'Tzaddekes'] - and everyone knows that maybe the most elite spiritual people,
after a lifetime of the hardest work and discipline MAYBE can become a Tzaddik - a
person who by definition is aligned with the Divine Will and also who by definition is a
person who by definition manifests miracles at all times - as our sages say, 'The
Tzaddik declares [in any area of life] and Hashem causes it to manifest'. Well friends... I
have a surprise for you - Being a person who was born and raised in the good old USA,
I've come to recognize that one of the most important contributions that America gives to
humanity, is that you can take any challenge in life [the bigger, the better] - and as long
as you clearly package it in a clear step by step formula - that shows you the way to
make it happen, with the right will power, you can make it happen... In light of that, I am
going to throw at you a portrait of a Tzaddik and the components that make up this
unique being... the formula will with G-d's Help come eventually also - but at least you
can see the components...I am drawing my portrait from the classic Chassidic work on
the subject called, 'Noam Elimelech' by R. Elimelech of Lizhensk [Zushia's brother]. I think
it will best work for you if you relate to all the components as something that you can
incorporate into your life right now [even in a minimal type of a way]...
[some key characteristics]
person who's] plugged into the Mitzvah or challenge of the generation
[some say that our generation's challenge is to be able to distinguish the difference between a Jew and a non-Jew]
Becomes a living source of Blessing - the word for Blessing is Bracha
from the root Brachia or Wellspring – i.e. ..connecting with this person, is like connecting
with an overflowing wellspring of abundance and blessing.
C. Include themselves and their prayers and desires in the first person plural - 'WE' – i.e. ..I as a
part of Israel or as a part of humanity.
D. Constantly working to awaken and perfect all their character traits in a holistic fashion
[thereby having the ability to influence all character traits in all people that they either meet or
Constantly aware of all of their thoughts, actions, words, feelings
etc. ... so
that they can
micro-manage themselves... [ our Sages say that if you see a Tzaddik sin at night, you can be
sure that by the morning, they will have rectified the problem - surely being so aware of
themselves is a big contributing factor]
F. With great personal sacrifice, they bridge themselves to lower level people in order to help lift them up.
G. Even their mundane activities are intended to inject G-dliness, sweetness and good
influences where these same elements would otherwise be absent and hidden
H. "Ohr Zaruah Letzaddik" - ['Light is Sown for the Righteous'] - whatever abundance that they
receive from On -High, they pass it on to others, not holding on to it for themselves.
I. Accepts the burden of helping to rectify [do 'tikun'] the entire nation of Israel as well as the
J. They never consider themselves to be a 'Tzaddik', but rather a person whose achievements
and blessings are a Divine gift.
K. They are in sync. with the energy changes that occur at various times of the day , the week and the
seasons... etc. ...
L. They live in a very detached and transcendent state of being - [ they are holding by a state of
equanimity - i.e. ..not affected one way or another by people's praises or putdowns]...
of the gauges of a Tzaddik is that their words will always penetrate
very presence will serve as a mirror reflecting back to the person their own strengths and
weaknesses - either way causing them to feel deep happiness.
N. Very powerfully affected at hearing people's troubles as well as people's miracle stories
O. Seek at all times to study the ways of the Creator in order to emulate Him in all that he does.
P. Maximally taps into the principle of "Hashem Tzilcha" - i.e. ...Hashem reflects back to you what
ever you put out there [similar to the 'law of attraction']
Q. Constantly seeks to liberate their thoughts words actions and feelings by elevating them
from the level of finite to the level of infinite and Eternal
R. They are privy to the proper utilization of the Ohr Ganuz - Hidden Light - the supernaturalexpansive consciousness that enables them to see what is hidden and to inspire others to 'get on board' with them.