“For the sake of ten righteous people, God does not destroy the world. These are the Lamed Vavnik. They live scattered, in any nation under heaven, are members of any class, of a, ny profession which may be imagined; and they are invisible to the world. Lo, not even they know the significance of their lives. Such ignorance is their righteousness. They merely live, so they suppose, as other people live. But Heaven knows the difference.
And this is the mercy of God: that when one of the Lamed Vavnik dies, God raises up another.
I heard this from my friend. He said it was an old Hasidic legend.
I believe it.”
from Ragman and other cries of faith by Walt Wangerin Jr.