Dvar Torah Vayeshev 2003 – 5763 דבר תורה וישב

We read this week about the dreams Yosef had. Next week we read about the dreams that Pharaoh had. Both had two dreams. These dreams, however, were of different types. Yosef dreamt first about earthly matters. He dreamt about the sheaths of wheat. His second dream was about the heavens, the sun, the moon and the stars.

Pharaoh, on the other hand, also had two dreams, but both were about earthly matters. He dreamt about the cows and about the ears of corn. Josef dreamt about mundane matters but also about sacred and spiritual values. Pharaoh’s concerns were only about material interests.

We all have dreams about the future. The reference is not to the dreams we have when we sleep. Rather, the intention ius to the dreams we have during the day, the dreams we have about the future. We think about what we would like to do or what we would like to happen to us. We dream about our aspirations, what we would like to be and how we would like to see our lives developing.

The dreams we have during the day should not be only about our material well-being but should also include our spiritual welfare. We should be concerned about our intellectual growth, about our moral development and our social considerations. We should try to imitate the dreams of Yosef rather then those of Pharaoh.

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