When the Dreamers take control, the Realists show contempt.

In this Shabbat, we will read Parshat Vayeshev, where we see Yosef’s brothers mock him for dreaming of realities they could not comprehend in their worldview. “And they said one unto the other, ‘Behold the dreamer cometh….’ ” Bereshit (Genesis) 37:19.

It strikes me that today we see the same inability of some Jews to appreciate the vision for the Jewish State that Itamar Ben Gvir, Besalel Smotrich and Avi Maoz dream of.

Yair Lapid, Benny Gantz and most recently, Israel’s Attorney General Gali Baharav-Miara have turned their venom on these men who the people of Israel elected on November 1 to govern the state according to their campaign promises. They are incapable of appreciating Smotrich and Ben Gvir dream, dreams of a truly Jewish State capable of becoming a Light unto the nations.

These realists can only offer cynicism and doubt in their criticism of these Jewish patriots. They mock their dream for Israel. They are deprecating these dreamers with ridicule and slander. They have no appreciation of the Hasmoneans, Chanukah’s heroes, or Avraham’s unbending faith in the promise of Israel’s G-d.

No, these brothers of Yosef only know how to scoff and belittle men and women of authentic Jewish values. They have no faith and little belief. We should all be thankful that we have leaders who dream of what can be just like Yosef.

Yosef Yigal Drever

Yosef Yigal Drever and Sylvia Drever co-founded Achdut HaLev in 2006 to reach out to the Jewish community's around the world providing support in learning Torah and promoting the 'Return of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel.' Yosef Yigal made Aliya in 2014 while Sylvia his wife is an Israeli. In late 2014 Achdut HaLev concentrated all its resources towards Aliya and the rebuilding of Eretz Yisrael. Excluding none and embracing all. The commandment to settle the Land of Israel is equal in importance to all the Torah Commandments all together: (Sifri Deut 12:29)

  • Judith Chesney says:

    So good to read your posts.

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