וְאָבִיו, שָׁמַר אֶת-הַדָּבָר
but his father kept the saying in mind.
The story of Joseph is one of the most famous Bible stories. The young dreamer with a special striped cloth who was sold to the Egyptians and eventually became the second in command in powerful Egypt .
In this parasha, Joseph merits the title zaddik, as he is called Joseph HaTzadik (Joseph the righteous). The Zohar explains that is because he didn\’t submit to physical desires and refused to connect to his master\’s wife. He was put to jail and got out because of his words. Joseph interpreted dreams of people in the jail and whatever he said actually happened. Genesis 40:22 " וְאֵת שַׂר הָאֹפִים, תָּלָה: כַּאֲשֶׁר פָּתַר לָהֶם, יוֹסֵף " "But he hanged the chief baker, as Joseph had interpreted to them". And as chief butler testify later (Genesis 41:13) " וַיְהִי כַּאֲשֶׁר פָּתַר-לָנוּ, כֵּן הָיָה: אֹתִי הֵשִׁיב עַל-כַּנִּי, וְאֹתוֹ תָלָה " "And it came to pass, as he interpreted to us, so it was: I was restored unto my office, and he was hanged.\’".
The power to manifest from spiritual to material is in the mouth. When Jacob heard Joseph\’s dreams he knew exactly what it meant. He knew that Joseph was going to be the channel to the Sefira of Yesod and by that would continue the light of Jacob, Tiferet to Malchut. Jacob knew that the light and sustenance to the world would come through Joseph. When is says "His father kept it", it means that his father protected it by giving it the right interpretation. If we remove the form of questions from the verse 37:10 we read " מָה " it represents the name of G-d at the level of Malchut. " הַחֲלוֹם הַזֶּה אֲשֶׁר חָלָמְתָּ ", is "the dream that you dreamed". " הֲבוֹא נָבוֹא, אֲנִי וְאִמְּךָ וְאַחֶיךָ, לְהִשְׁתַּחֲוֹת לְךָ, אָרְצָה " "I and your mother and your brothers indeed come to bow down to you to the earth".
Jacob at his level saw the future and supported it by bringing out the proper interpretation to make sure the dream will come true.
Few important things to know about dreams.
Do not tell a dream to a negative person. Tell the dream only to people that love you and can see the positive in the dream.
Dreams have spiritual symbols and only spiritual people can interpret them properly. If you see in a dream that you are captured by a police or a soldier it means that you are protected. Most people follow earthly logic that you can not apply to spiritual messages.
Dreams have about 60th part truth. The dreams that we have during the day or after first light of the morning (when you start see bluish color in the sky) do not carry real message unless the dream comes on Shabbat.
Better to tell the dream immediately in the morning after, especially if it has a strong and vivid impression. Dreams that happen after you go to sleep late and tired should be ignored.
If a dream gives you bad feeling then after you wake up say " חלומות־שוא־ידברו " "Chalomot Sha-v Yedaberu" which means "dreams talk no value" and do not tell it to others. In extreme cases there is a spiritual process of dream cancellation. Ask your Rabbi.
Books about dreams