tsadik, tzaddik, tsadek
- Someone who does extremely righteous deeds.
- A highly learned and esteemed rabbinic leader (sometimes used as an alternative name for a Hasidic rebbe).
- Common name for the 18th letter of the Hebrew alphabet (tzadi / tzade).
- Josh always volunteers at the food bank; he is a real tzadik.
- "The Ramchal and the Bnei Yisaschar as well as many other great tzadikim quote Rav Shimshon in their works." (http://revach.net/stories/gedolim-biographies/Rav-Shimshon-MiOstropolia-and-300-Tzadikim-In-Burial-Shrouds/2572)
Languages of Origin
Textual Hebrew, Yiddish, Modern Hebrew
Who Uses This
Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003).
Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).
JPS: The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)
Fem. tzadeket / tsedeykes / tsedekes. Plural tzadikim, tzadikot.
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