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“ וְהוּא מְחֹלָל מִפְּשָׁעֵנוּ, מְדֻכָּא מֵעֲוֹנֹתֵינוּ; מוּסַר שְׁלוֹמֵנוּ עָלָיו, וּבַחֲבֻרָתוֹ נִרְפָּא-לָנוּ. ”
“But he (The righteous, Tzaddik) was wounded because of our transgressions, he was crushed because of our iniquities: the chastisement of our welfare was upon him, and with his stripes we were healed. ”
This verse testifies that by the merit of the righteous we are healed. The Zohar tells us that we are all parts of one body. The healer makes incision for bloodletting in order to release the negativity and bring healing to the whole body. Similarly God uses the Tzaddikim (righteous) for the same purpose to heal the world.
“ יֶשׁ-הֶבֶל, אֲשֶׁר נַעֲשָׂה עַל-הָאָרֶץ, אֲשֶׁר יֵשׁ צַדִּיקִים אֲשֶׁר מַגִּיעַ אֲלֵהֶם כְּמַעֲשֵׂה הָרְשָׁעִים, וְיֵשׁ רְשָׁעִים שֶׁמַּגִּיעַ אֲלֵהֶם כְּמַעֲשֵׂה הַצַּדִּיקִים: אָמַרְתִּי, שֶׁגַּם-זֶה הָבֶל.”
“There is a vanity which is done upon the earth: that there are righteous men, unto whom it happeneth according to the work of the wicked; again, there are wicked men, to whom it happeneth according to the work of the righteous–I said that this also is vanity.”
The aspect of “Righteous and suffers“ is not new and the Zohar explains it to us.
Sometimes the suffering or death of one Tzadik is enough to balance the world. Some of them may suffer through their entire life time to protect the world from destruction and the rest of the righteous people are left to continue their work without pain.
Pain or gain is not a consideration for them when they are doing the work.