In Be-Ikvei HaKetuvim (בעקבי הכתובים) by Rav Yaakov Edelstein, Rav Edelstein quotes Yeshayahu 53:4 where it says:

But in truth he has borne our sicknesses and endured our pains; yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of G-d, and afflicted.

Rav Edelstein gives multiple explanations on this pasuk. One of those is that sometimes, suffering comes upon a tzaddik, in order to teach mankind how to serve G-d. A different explanation is that although the tzaddik is blameless, he is suffering because of our sins, due to the fact that he serves as a guarantor.

The question is: What does Rav Edelstein explain on the concept of "the tzaddik being a guarantor and thus suffering because of sins of other people"?

This question is a follow-up from this question. However, in that question, it deals with another subject, this question however, deals with the subject of "the tzaddik and his role as a guarantor"


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Rb Edelstein does not say that afflictions come on the tzaddik because of arvus (the notion of being a guarantor).

He says that the affliction that was fitting to befall the generation may befall the tzaddik since he is strong enough to bear the afflictions on behalf of the generation.

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  • As I understand, the tzaddik might suffer because he serves as a guarantor.
    – Shmuel
    Commented May 2, 2022 at 20:20
  • @Shmuel He does not mention the word guarantor so this would be a matter of interpretation. The simple meaning of what he says appears to be more along the lines of "someone has to pay the bill".
    – pcoz
    Commented May 3, 2022 at 5:32

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