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Tzaddik, Rasha & Beinoni

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Tzaddik, Rasha & Beinoni: (Lit.: "righteous," "intermediate" and "wicked"). These terms are used in the Talmud and the rabbinic writings to describe various levels of righteousness, piety and spiritual attainment. In his Tanya, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi defines the rasha as one who succumbs to his animal self, the benoni as one who struggles with it, and the tzaddik as one who sublimates it and transforms it.
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