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Amcha Kulom Tzaadikim

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#1 Morgenstern



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Posted 08 December 2013 - 07:23 PM


L'kovod Rabbi Shapiro Shlit''a,

Chazal says that all Jews have olam haba on the condition they believe in the Torah. But in avot it quotes navi saying "Vamcha kulom tzaadikim." Why doesnt the passuk say vamcha kulom maminim? Why are we righteous just for believing in the Torah (which includes following the sages in every generation)?

#2 Rabbi Shapiro

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 11:53 AM

צדיק does not always mean righteous. It also means זכאי, or winner. Like רשע aso means חייב or loser (as in, for example: וְלֹא תִקְחוּ כֹפֶר לְנֶפֶשׁ רֹצֵחַ אֲשֶׁר הוּא רָשָׁע לָמוּת). Thus, ועמך כולם צדיקים means all of Klall Yisroel merit something - in this case, Olam Habah.