Everywhere I read about it, it says that God keeps the world going for the sake of 36 righteous people that sustain it with their goodness, and if their number ever dips below 36, the world ends.

But the Talmud only said their number is at least 36:

לא פחות עלמא מתלתין ושיתא צדיקי דמקבלי אפי שכינה בכל דרא The world has no fewer than thirty-six righteous people in each generation who greet the Divine Presence every day. [Sukkah 45b, Sanh. 97b]

Do any commentators entertain the notion that there could be millions of them? Why be so pessimistic as to assume we are always sitting on the ragged edge?



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