Joseph’s brothers called him a dreamer.

Jacob and Pharaoh were both closer to the truth. Joseph was not living in a dream. He was untangling it.

The dream is the world of human business, a mess of incongruent opposites in utter discord, seemingly void of meaning.

Joseph’s brothers retreated from the dream to the stillness of the pasture and the starry night sky. They scorned Joseph, who seemed obsessed with counting, managing, and organizing everything about him—whether in his father’s house, in Potiphar’s estate, in an Egyptian dungeon, or as viceroy of Egypt.

But in truth, Joseph stood beyond the dream.

So far beyond, he was able to envision all its disparate parts in harmony, as a patchwork of many colors in a single garment.

So far beyond, he did not need to run from the dream, because he knew it could not harm him.

So far beyond, he was capable of entering the confusion of the dream without losing his vision, rearranging its parts from within.

Today, we are all Joseph. We must rearrange the dream from within.

As you enter the dream each day, enter with divine purpose—to discover G‑d in all your ways and make this world His dwelling place.

Hold tight to the wisdom of the Torah you have learned, and to the mitzvahs you keep. They are your tools to sew the many colors of humanity into a beautiful world.

Master the dream from within.

Torat Chaim, Maamar Ben Porat Yosef. Likutei Sichot vol. 25, p. 193.