Jewish Dreams

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The Jewish Dream Book: The Key to Opening the Inner Meaning  of  Your Dreams” by Vanessa L. Ochs, Elizabeth Ochs and Kristina Swarner (Illustrator).

Have you dreamt recently that an ox kicked you? According to the Talmud, a long journey awaits you. Have you dreamt of wheat? Ancient wisdom says that peace will follow you throughout your life.  Scholar and author Ochs does not pretend to be a Joseph who can interpret dreams with divine help.  She does, however, set the stage for individuals to tackle their own dreams from a Jewish perspective.

Ochs admits that she once thought of dreams as part of her private life, not subject to Jewish laws and teachings, and that her own Jewish dream knowledge was limited to biblical stories and dream sequences from Fiddler on the Roof. Then she discovered the Talmudic tractate Berakhot (Blessings), which opened a rich new resource. “I learned that long after biblical dreamers such as Abraham and Joseph, who saw their dreams as encounters with G-d, and long before modern dream interpreters such as Freud and Jung, who saw dreams as insights into the unconscious mind, the best Jewish minds of antiquity were putting their heads together to make sense of dreaming.

Written with her daughter Elizabeth, Ochs divides her book into two sections: an overview of  Jewish teachings on dreams and their interpretation; and a variety of  “dream practices,”  such as keeping a book of dreams and preparing for dream “incubation” (a kind of intentional dreaming to solve a problem or answer a question). This slender book, illustrated with vivid paintings in deep dream-like blues, can clear a new pathway to self-knowledge.

This engaging, entertaining, and informative bedside companion will help you open up your dreams and discover the meanings they may hold for you. The Jewish Dream Book invites you to integrate the spiritual wisdom of Judaism’s past into your life today by honoring your dreams and striving to uncover their hidden messages.  Exploring Torah, Talmud, and other ancient sources, it will introduce you to inspiring, easy-to-use rituals and practices.

Included are diverse topics covering everything you’ve ever wondered about dreams and dreaming:

  • Uniquely Jewish ways to bless and honor your dreams
  • Transforming a bad dream into a good one
  • How – and why – to keep a dream journal
  • How to encourage enlightening, productive, and healing dreams
  • Guidelines for being a dream interpreter
  • Historical dream interpretations
  • Dream symbols and their meanings
  • How to link your dreams to Torah

Your dreaming hours are about to become much more interesting.

The Jewish Dream Book: The Key to Opening the Inner Meaning  of  Your Dreamsby Vanessa L. Ochs, Elizabeth Ochs and Kristina Swarner (Illustrator) is available for iPhone,  iPod Touch,  iPad with free Amazon app  (download app – here)

Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 6221 KB
Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing (September 30, 2003)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
Language: English
Price: $11.74  (Buy now)

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