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SERMON: Iran Nuclear Agreement: Dream or Reality?

December 9, 2013

A woman woke up one morning and told her husband, “I just dreamed that you gave me a pearl necklace for Valentine’s Day. What do you think it means?” Her husband replied, “You’ll know tonight!” That evening the man came home with a small package and gave it to his wife. Excited and delighted, she opened it and found inside a book entitled, “The Meaning of Dreams.”

We all have dreams! We all spend a good part of our lives dreaming. On average, we dream for an hour and a half to two hours each night, with four or five distinct dreams. If we live 75 years or so, that means we will spend about six years virtually dreaming, for a lifetime total of some 100 to 200,000 dreams. But I think it’s safe to say that for no one were dreams more important than for the Biblical Yosef. Right from the very beginning he was a dreamer. First, telling of his dream where there where sheaves in the middle of a field with one sheave standing out and the others bowing to it … a dream that made his brothers – who already hated him – in the words of the Torah, “hate him even more.” Then, lo and behold, he has another dream; this time even more explicit with the sun, the moon and eleven stars bowing down to him. His eleven brothers boiled over into a hateful rage, eventually throwing him into a pit and leading him into Egypt where now he’s interpreting dreams, first in prison, and eventually in the court of Pharaoh. READ MORE

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