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LAMED VAV

Talmudic tradition that the world must contain at least thirty-six (lamed vav) righteous people for God to keep mankind in existence. They are generally humble souls, unknown for their holiness except by God.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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