The tzadik by Moshe Cohen

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Tzadik ( “righteous one;” pl. tzadikim) is a title which is generally given to those who are considered to be righteous such as a spiritual master or rebbe. The root of the word tzadik, is tzedek , which means justice or righteousness. This term thus refers to one who acts righteously.

In classic Jewish thought, the true title of tzadik can only be applied to one who not only never sins, but also has eradicated any inclination to do so.

The Talmud says that at least 36 Tzadikim Nistarim — anonymous tzadikim — are living among us at all times; they are anonymous, and it is for their sake alone that the world is not destroyed. The Talmud and the Kabbalah offer various ideas about the nature and role of these 36 tzadikim.

The image was taken in the Wstern Wall Jerusalem.
Passover April 22 2008.


  • Mary Kaderabek-Aleckson
    Mary Kaderabek...almost 7 years ago

    What a wonderous capture. He looks very engaged in his thoughts (prayers) I like how the focus is directly on him and how it shines in white. Great photo.

  • Thank you Mary, I feel very lucky that I have been there at the right moment.

    – Moshe Cohen

  • mcquaid
    mcquaidalmost 7 years ago

    Shalom I enjoyed the power and the piety of this capture,wishing strength and courage for the tzadikim in these trying times.Regards.

  • Thank you and I join your wishing.

    – Moshe Cohen

  • Jacqueline Baker
    Jacqueline Bakeralmost 7 years ago

    this is definately one of my favorite images of yours, it has a real sense of emotion and depth…fantastic!

  • Thank you Jacqueline, what can i say? It’s really magical moment.

    – Moshe Cohen

  • Eyal Nahmias
    Eyal Nahmiasalmost 7 years ago

    I think you nailed this image .. A well done selective focusing and selection of the main person in PS. I do agree with Jacqeline, This is one of the best emotive and evocative images you posted. A wonderful title, info and concept.. Thanks for adding this image to the Art of the Middle East group.

  • Eyal, thank you for your comment.
    This image is my favorite.
    This is what I am trying to do when I shoot people, to capture emotion.

    – Moshe Cohen

  • jtaft
    jtaftalmost 7 years ago

    this is just magic! thank you for sharing :)

  • Thank you Jess, it really is magical.

    – Moshe Cohen

    KEITH R. WILLIAMSalmost 7 years ago

    great shot

  • Thank you.

    – Moshe Cohen

  • Gerijuliaj
    Gerijuliajalmost 7 years ago

    Beautiful photo and I just love your writing about the Tzadik. The purity of the white is superb and adds to the emotion of the photo.

  • Thank you, I added the writing to explain what is Tzadik which is an Hebrew word you probably never heard before.

    – Moshe Cohen

  • GloriaDK
    GloriaDKalmost 7 years ago

    Moshe may we all be generous. I like the way you explain the source and meaning of your photographs.

  • Thank you Gloria.

    – Moshe Cohen

  • Ilunia Felczer
    Ilunia Felczeralmost 7 years ago

    beautiful shot Moshe…..

  • Thank you Ilunia.

    – Moshe Cohen

  • Jacqueline Baker
    Jacqueline Bakeralmost 7 years ago

    Moshe congratulations on winning the competition well deserved!!!

  • Thank you Jacqueline.

    – Moshe Cohen

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