Thirty-Six Righteous Men

Thirty-Six Righteous Men

the minimum number of anonymous individuals in each generation believed to have the virtues and humility to which the world owes its continued existence. [Jew. Legend: Encyclopedia Judaica,X, 1367]
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Jews believe that thirty-six righteous men, the Lamed Wufniks, justify the world before God.