‘I Have a Dream’
In honor of MLK, today we will briefly inspect the term: “I have a dream” as its known in Modern Hebrew, “yesh li chalohm” (יש לי חלום), the informal title of his prophetic speech on August 28, 1963.
According to Wikipedia, “King described his dreams of freedom and equality arising from a land of slavery and hatred.” The speech helped lead the way to the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act.
Every Hebrew letter has a numerical value. When we add the eight letters within the term “yesh li chalohm” (יש לי חלום), we get 434. Now we can search out other Hebrew words with the same value.
Through contrast and comparison, the two different words with the same value should mutually illuminate each other. This is not mere numerology or even Kabbalistic gematria, but an inherent function of the spiritual Canaanite-Hebrew alphabetic system.
So what equates to 434? It so happens that one such word is Daleth (דלת), which means “door, folding-door, gate, opening; column or page of a manuscript.” Daleth is also the fourth letter of the Alphabet, thus it carries a special power and meaning.
Therefore, the Language of ‘ELOHIM is suggesting that these two terms, “I Have a Dream”, on the one hand, and “door” on the other, share something in common on a very deep and important level.
Now its up to the individual student-teacher (you, me, etc.) to stretch his or her brain and seek out the hidden links, and formulate an interpretation that respects the context and spirit of the language.
The ‘Warm Threshold’
Speaking as an individual, the first thing that came to my mind was the idea that a physical door (which functions as an entry-way into a new space) is an apt metaphor for Martin Luther King’s speech, as it helped “open the door” towards greater civil rights and equality in America.
Guided by that general insight, I looked deeper into the content of King’s actual speech, and noticed this line:
“But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds.”
Google defines “threshold” as a material “forming the bottom of a doorway and crossed in entering a house or room.”
Threshold has a second meaning that is just as relevant: “the magnitude or intensity that must be exceeded for a certain reaction, phenomenon, result, or condition to occur or be manifested.
The “I Have a Dream” speech, perhaps more than any other in Martin Luther King Jr.,’s legacy, generated the magnitude and intensity needed to spark real change.
We also note that daleth doesn’t just mean “door” but also “page or column of a manuscript” — specifically pointing to the written speech itself that assisted MLK in delivering his words (and ultimately transcending the script by speaking so forcefully from the heart.)
One might also consider that MLK Jr. was living up to his namesake, and delivering in this one speech a modern-day version of the original Martin Luther’s 95 theses, hammering his “restrained protest” to the “door” of corrupt authority, thereby changing history forever.
Palace of Justice
We reiterate that the “I Have a Dream” speech served to “open the door” to greater freedom for African-Americans by creating a catalyst in the national consciousness.
But where does this “door” lead? What is the “Palace of Justice” that Martin Luther King mentions?
Clearly, MLK is referring to a new America where its people are not discriminated against for their skin color or ethnicity. He’s speaking of an evolved America where the treacherous crimes of slavery and segregation are acknowledged and rectified.
The Language of Canaan supports this: “the United States of America” in Hebrew is “Artzot Habrit shel Amriqah” ארצות הברית של אמריקה which literally translates as “Lands of the Covenant” and equals 2000.
2000 happens to be the number of the letter-word “Beth” (בית), which means “tent, hut, house, mansion, palace, receptacle, dwelling-place, place where things are found.”
Thus spiritually, the USA is equivalent to a Palace or House in the highest sense of the word. A Palace held together by a social contract or covenantal understanding that this nation is uniquely led by “We the People” rather than a king or aristocracy (whether class or race).
As long as the foundation of the Palace remains intact, we can find unity within our diversity that will keep our Palace standing strong. We can weather any storm by recognizing we all live under one roof.
The Palace of Justice is America herself. And Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech helped pave the way to enter that mansion.
As long as the stain of slavery continues to affect our nation, MLK’s “Palace of Justice” remains under construction. Still, progress is being made, and the door to equality opens wider every year, thanks to non-violent activists like Dr. King, who generated the requisite momentum for future generations to make his Dream into Reality.