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Post Powerball - How Should We Dream? MLK Jr. Weekend 2016 and Parashat Bo 5776

Post Powerball - How Should We Dream?  MLK Jr. Weekend 2016 and Parashat Bo 5776 Rabbi David Baum, Congregation Shaarei Kodesh

I tried my hardest to stay up on Wednesday night, until 10:59 pm, but I just couldn’t do it.  But boy did I dream!  And yes, I dreamed big!Why was this past Wednesday night, January 13, 2016, different than all other nights?Because Wednesday night, I had the chance to win 1.5 billion dollars!Yes, like many of you, I got swept up in Powerball mania.As I held the ticket in my hand, I thought of what I would do with $900 million dollars (the sum after taxes). The chance of winning, even if it is a 1 in 292.2 million chance, forces us to dream, literally and figuratively, about a different world.As you may have already heard, I didn’t win last night’s Powerball, and I suspect that none of you did either.The Powerball is no more, so should we stop dreaming?
As Jews, we have a history of being dreamers.Jacob famously dreamed of a stairway to heaven, and Joseph was know…