Do you dream in your sleep? Many people do. Sometimes we dream about important things. But often, we forget our dreams when we wake up. Sometimes, we might not even remember that we dreamt at all. But when a tzaddik, a righteous man, has a dream — and especially when that dream is mentioned in the Torah — the dream holds a lesson for us.

Let’s take a closer look at Yosef’s first dream and compare it to Pharaoh’s dreams, which we will read about next week. In his dream, Pharaoh is a bystander, watching what happens to the cows and the corn stalks. He’s not doing anything himself.

Yosef’s dream begins with activity. “Behold, we are standing in the fields gathering bundles of sheaves.” A Jew is always busy. “Man was created for work,” our Rabbis teach us. HaShem has made us His partners in Creation and has instructed us to make this world a home for Him.

What type of work must we perform? Yosef’s dream also teaches us a lesson about that. What are Yosef and his brothers doing in the dream? They are gathering stalks of grain and bundling them together. Each stalk grows separately, but Yosef and his brothers bring them together.

The world around us appears to be full of separate things, and we don’t always see a connection between them. But everything is really part of HaShem’s oneness. It is our job to show that there really is Achdus in everything HaShem created; His holiness is found in every part of creation. That’s why the Jewish people are called “One nation in the world.” Through the Torah and its mitzvos, we bring out the oneness of the world.

At the end of Yosef’s dream, all the bundles of grain bow down to his bundle. In every generation, there is a Jewish leader who tells people how to carry out the mission of revealing Achdus in this world. The strength to carry out this mission comes from bittul, giving ourselves over to the leader’s guidance and following his instructions on how to carry out HaShem’s will.

(Adapted from Likkutei Sichos, Vol. III, Parshas Vayeishev)