Theodor Herzl wrote, “Dreams are not so different from deeds as some may think. All the deeds of men are only dreams at first.” The book of Exodus concludes with the construction of the Mishkan, the Tabernacle. We began the book as slaves in Egypt, and could only dream of freedom. They were used to building monuments to Pharaoh, not sanctuaries for God. Today, the State of Israel, celebrating 70 years of existence, continues to dream. Yet, today, the dream is different, as Israel looks outward to help the world.
Each year, at the AIPAC Policy Conference, we learn of the innovation coming out of the Jewish State. This year’s highlights include water irrigation, which saves millions of gallons of water each year, technology, which finds terror tunnels without sending troops in for battle, and organizations that assist in natural disasters around the world.
Each morning, as I wake my daughter up for school, she tells me, “Abba, let me sleep, my dreams are not finished.” That is the story of Israel, and the Jewish people. Those dreams began years ago in Egypt, before we reached the Promised Land, and today, with a strong State of Israel, those dreams continue in the deeds of our sacred people.