Question: Are there saints in Judaism?
Dear Rabbi Enkin,
In the Haggadah for Passover it mentions the following: "By the mouth of the upper right shalt thou be praised bless by the utterances of the righteous extolled with the tongue of the pious and santified in the midst of saints." I thought we do not believe in Saints? Why is the word used in the Pesach Haggadah?
Thank you, Richard
Answer: Dear Richard,
The word "Saints" is used as the English translation for the Hebrew "Tzaddikim".
Tzaddikim refers to holy rabbis who do little more than study Torah and do good deeds with their life.
Many of the Chassidic masters were referred to as Saints and Tzaddikim.
Hope this helps!
Rabbi Ari Enkin
Ramat Beit Shemesh, Israel