For the Greater Good Parashat Yitro

Rabbi Nachman seems to hint at a personal parallel - between himself and Moses. Although a tzadik sacrifices himself on the altar of the freedom granted his community, he is rewarded with a higher freedom; to intervene in, and change, God's words.

As part of the preparations Moses makes prior to receiving the Torah at Mount Sinai, he is commanded by God, "Go unto the people, and sanctify them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their garments" (Exodus 19:10 ). Three days, not two. However, Moses instructs his people thus: "Be ready against the third day; come not near a woman" (Exod. 19:15 ). This is one of three cases in the Torah...