The King of Diamonds
What the Rav said:
The Maggid had such arguments over him. Since the time of Korach, there weren’t arguments like it!
The greater a person's soul, the more treasures he has in his soul.
So, they make more arguments over him.
The fact that they don’t make any arguments about ‘so-and-so’, is because he’s just going around with chaff and straw.
And, the fact that they do argue over someone else, is because he’s going around with fine jewels.
One of Rabbi Nachman’s stories is ‘The King's Son Who Was Made of Gemstones’. (You can read it here: https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Translation:Tales_of_Rabbi_Nachman/5).
Here’s a precis:
- The King had a son who was very wise and very beautiful.
- The princess got jealous. So she used sorcery to turn the King’s son into a leper.
- He was leprous all over his body.
- [me: lepers are shunned by the rest of the world]
- The Tzadik healed the King’s son. His leprous skin falls away, and everyone sees that he is really made of the finest gemstones.
As the expression goes, hamayvin yavin [= the wise one will understand].