When there is a unification between Malchut, ‘Rightness’, and Zeir Anpin, ‘Justice’, ‘Justice’ create good judgments. They are all mercy and go down to nourish and benefit Malchut.
When there is an increase of inequities in the world, the Holy Temple that represents Malchut becomes contaminated with impurity. The male, Zeir Anpin, distant himself from Malchut and the ‘Snake’ gets stronger by feeding on Malchut. Armies of negative angels awakened in the world and inflict harsh judgments on people. It weakens the Tzaddikim’s connection to Zeir Anpin some of them leave the world.
“רָב-אֹכֶל, נִיר רָאשִׁים; וְיֵשׁ נִסְפֶּה, בְּלֹא מִשְׁפָּט.”
“Much food is in the tillage of the poor, but there is that is swept away without justice.”
‘swept away without justice’ is a righteous that dies because Malchut is on the Left after losing the connection to Zeir Anpin. Without ‘Justice’ Malchut doesn’t have the Right and Mercy to support the unification.
“אֶת הַכֹּל רָאִיתִי בִּימֵי הֶבְלִי יֵשׁ צַדִּיק אֹבֵד בְּצִדְקוֹ וְיֵשׁ רָשָׁע מַאֲרִיךְ בְּרָעָתוֹ.”
“I have seen everything during my lifetime of futility; there is a righteous man who perishes in his righteousness and there is a wicked man who prolongs his life in his wickedness.”
The righteous ‘perish’ even in Malchut/ righteousness because he doesn’t have the support needed for continuous unification with the upper levels.
The sages teach us that ‘כל ישראל ערבים זה לזה’, we are all responsible for each other. We pray in a Minyan that is a group of at least ten men to form a complete vessel to draw the Shechina for unification that activates the flow of light down to us.
The Tzadikim are our great channels of light to the world and we need to support them by creating a better environment for them by keeping our studies of the Torah through its higher level of study, the Zohar.