Isaac Bernstein

Dreams As Liberation

12/19/2007
Rabbi David Wolpe is spiritual leader of Temple Sinai in Los Angeles.

Dreams dominate Genesis, the first book of the Bible. At the outset of the human journey we dreamed our way to the world.

Joseph’s dreams in youth brought him to the Egyptian dungeon, by evoking the jealousy of his brothers. His skill interpreting Pharaoh’s dreams liberated him. As Rabbi Isaac Bernstein teaches us, Joseph was brought low by listening only to his own dreams, and rose high when he began to listen to the dreams of others. As with Jacob his father, fleeting visions of the night enchant the dawn and change the world.

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