The profitable calling of tzaddik became hereditary, passing from father to son and grandson.
He demanded that the tzaddik be, not a miracle-worker, but a religious teacher.
Then an idea came into his head: Alterke will be a tzaddik, will help him out of all his difficulties in the other world.
The function of the tzaddik is to serve as mediator between God and the common people.
The tzaddik ought to be revered and looked up to as God's messenger and favorite.
He preached that the first duty of the Hasid consists in reverence for the tzaddik.