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More Sources and benefits for seeing tzadikim, davening with them and receiving their brachot:

In Midrash Rabah (Rus, Parshah 6:2 and in Yalkut Shimoni Rus, 426): "Rabi Yochanan said, "a person should never hold himself back from going to a tzadik (righteous person) for a bracha (blessing)." Boaz was 80 years old and did not have children, but when that tzadeikes (Naomi) davened for him, his wife immediately became pregnant, as it says, "And Naomi said, blessed is he to Hashem." Reish Lakish said, "Rus was 40 years old and didn’t have children, because she married Machlon, but when that tzadik (Boaz) davened for her, she became pregnant, as it says "and he said, you are blessed to Hashem my daughter". And our Rabbis say that the two of them (Boaz and Rus) were able to have children only because the brachos of tzadikim, as it says, "And all the people that were in the gate, and the elders, said: 'We are witnesses. Hashem should make the woman… This kindness is greater than that which you showed earlier'". Look below for more sources.

In Midrash Rabah (Naso 14:4): "when the tzadikim (righteous ones) decree - Hashem fulfills their words."

In Ta’anit (8a): “What should one do if he davened and was not answered? He should go to the pious person of the generation and he should daven for him.”

In Eiruvin (13b): '”Rabbi Yehuda HaNasi said: The reason I’m brighter than my friends is because I was zoche to see Rabbi Meir from behind (and in Yerushalmi it says that he only saw Rabbi Meir once in his lifetime!), and if I would have seen him from the front – I would be even brighter, as the pasok says “... your eyes shall see your Teacher.” (Isaiah 30:20).”

In Shemos Raba (3:8): "anyone who takes advice from the elders dose not stumble".

In Devarim Rabba (10:3): "Everything Hashem does, the tzadikim do as well… make barren ladies have children… bring down rain…".

In Midrash Shir Hashirim Raba (1:2): "… this comes to teach you, that just like Hashem listens to the barren ladies and gives them babies, so too do the tzadikim!".

The Zohar HaKadosh Says: On the merit of asking a tzadik to daven for you or just praying near tzadikim the Zohar HaKadosh says (Parshas Toldos 137a): "… The Holy One, blessed Be He, desires the prayer of the righteous, when they ask Him in prayer for their needs. Why? Because kedushah will be increased by the prayer of the righteous for all those in need of it. For the righteous in their prayer open the supernal channel, and then even the prayers of the unworthy are answered".

In Midrash Tanchuma on the words in Shemot (33:7) “anyone seeking Hashem” says the Midrash Tanchuma (Shemot siman 27): From here we deduce that one who seeks the presence of a sage is tantamount to one who seeks the presence of the Shechinah.” (And in Yalkot Shimoni Shemot remez 393 it says: “anyone who sees the the sage is tantamount to one who seeks the presence of the Shechinah”).

In Yerushalmi (Beitza 5:2): "Rabbi Yochanan and Rabbi Shimon Ben Lakish said: We merited to light of Torah only because we were zoche to see the fingers of Rabbi Yehuda coming out of his sleeve."

In Midrash Tanchuma (Bereshit Vayechi siman 7): Hashem said: I used to bless my creatures as it says: And G-d blessed Noach; from now on the Cohanim and the righteous ones will bless you."

In Moed Katan (9a) we learn that when Rabbi Shimon ben Yochai saw Torah scholars, he said to his son to go to and get a bracha from them.

The Meiri writes (Moed Katan 9a): Always should the bracha of a talmid chacham be dear to a person and he should make any effort to receive it… and he should not suspect that the the talmid chacham was lazy in giving him a bracha… and one should not take their baracha lightly."

The Rashb"a writes (Responsa 5:50): Hashem's trait is such that by the prayer of his righteous ones he will increase the good to those who bless him and acknowledge his goodness."

The Ramba"n writes (Devarim 33:1): "And this is the blessing with which Moshe, the man of G-d, blessed the children of Israel." Why is Moshe called "The man of G-d"? - to tell you that his blessing will be fulfilled, because he was a man of G-d, and Hashem's will is that of his righteous ones."

Rabeinu Bechayei (Parshas Vezot Habracha) writes: "... And even though all those who are blessed are blessed from the blessings of Hakadosh Baruch Hu, we find that Hakadosh Baruch Hu desires the blessings of man, and He commanded us in this, as it says (Devarim 8:9) "And you should bless Hashem your God," and He (Hashem) will elevate the one who blessed. In Yeshayah (65:16) it says, "So that he who blesses himself in the earth shall bless himself by the God of truth". And you shall be awakened in what our Rabbis say (Sotah 38b), "The one who blesses will be blessed", this is a principle that includes everything, and it is known that a blessing is the existence of the world, this is why the Torah begins with the letter 'beis' when describing the creation of the world, since the blessing is the existence of the world (the first letter of bracha- blessing is beit). And Hakadosh Baruch Hu blessed Adam, as it says (Bereishit 1:28) "And Hashem blessed them." And He blessed Noach and his sons, as it says (Bereishis 9:1) "And Hashem blessed Noach and his sons", until He blessed Avraham, who was the foundation of faith, and Hashem passed the blessings to his hands and said to him (Bereishis 12:2) "and you are a blessing". He didn't say, "and you are blessed", rather Hashem said "and you are a blessing." Hashem said to Avraham, "you are the source of blessing and are able to bless everyone you wish to. And from then on the blessings will be passed on to the hands of tzadikim (the righteous)."

Ohr HaChaim HaKadosh in Shemot (14:27) writes: “This is one of the conditions Hashem made with all that He created to be subjected to the will of the Torah and those who toil in its study, and to do all that they decree and they (the Chachamim) will rule over creation like Hashem does!"

In sefer Ha'ikarim (4:22): It is a great foundation and root of our belief, that Hashem, through Divine Providence, allows the tzadikim to change nature. One who doubts that Hashem will fulfill the will of a prophet or righteous one is similar to one who casts a doubt in the Torah and in one of its roots."

It says in the sefarim hakedoshim (Kabbalistic works) that seeing the face of a gadol can awaken a person do teshuva (repent). Our sages teach us in the gemara (Sanhedrin 97b) that our final redemption is dependent on doing teshuva, and hence, the equation is simple and clear; seeing gedolim can speed up our redemption!

The Pele Yoetz writes (on the subject of Reiyah): “Just as gazing at a wicked man's face causes evil, in contrast to that, gazing at the face of a righteous, good and wise person brings about good and brings an influx of sanctity to one's soul. The Gemora (Eiruvin 13b) states, "Because Rebbi said, "That which I am better than my fellows is because I saw Rabbi Meir from behind, and had I had seen him from the front it would have been even better." They also say (Yerushalmi Eiruvin 85a), "A person who receives the face of his Torah teacher is [considered] as if he greeted the face of the Divine Presence." They say furthermore (Chagiga 5b), "It is written (Psalms 49:10-11), He will live forever more; he will not see the grave when he sees the wise die. If that is the reward for someone who sees the sages in their death, how much more so if he sees them in their lifetime."

More From The Pele Yoetz (on the subject brachos): "One should desire a bracha and especially should desire the bracha of talmidei chachamim and tzadikim, because their bracha is very likely to be fulfilled. And in any event one who seeks their bracha should be blessed by Hashem for honoring and respecting the Torah and the tzadikim."

In Nefesh HaChaim (4:18) Rabbi Chaim Volozhin ZT”L describes the tremendous power of the tzadikim: “Indeed, one who studies Torah for its own sake actually controls the forces of nature. He can change them at will, and they fear him. Learning Torah gives him sovereignty and dominion.”

The Noam Elimelech writes (Hosafot Likotei Shoshana): "Seeing a tzadik's face will cause one to have an illumination and awakening since the tzadik’s face reflects his fear of Hashem."

In the Michtav Me'Eliyahu (Vol. 1, page 59): "From the words or our chachamim we can get the right perspective on world affairs as well as on how to conduct ourselves. And when we make an effort to become their students and we try to understand their ways of thinking, our minds become straight as well. And therefore the great ones in every generation whose life pursuit is to continue as loyal pupils in the ways of Chaza"l, merit to have clarity and straitens of thought in tremendous amounts, so much so that their opinion even on those things that do not have a clear source and also their advise on worldly activities – is clear and true just like a man would seeks the word of Hashem."

In The Chazon Ish (Taharot, Hosafot): “Any bracha of a gadol hador makes an impression up there (in Shamayim), and makes it an opportune and special time, and therefore it is appropriate for the one who was blessed to bless back the one who blessed him.”

In Alei Shur (volume 1, page 57) Rav Wolbe ZT"L writes: "The eternal sign that the Shechina resides in Am Israel, is the existence of great people in Torah and great people in ma'asim in every generation. The greatest zechut one can obtain is seeing from close an Adam Gadol'."

For more on the merits of seeing a tzadik, its power and significance, the tzadik’s blessing and advice, see our sefer "To Fill The Earth" page 13.

 

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