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The Dream Doctor Is In

Ever wonder what your dreams are trying to tell you?

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(Ravi Joshi/Tablet Magazine)

Jews have been in the dream business ever since Genesis.

When Nextbook Press author Rodger Kamenetz isn’t writing books, he works as a dream therapist. And in writing Burnt Books, his newly published dual biography of Franz Kafka and Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav, he found two Jewish figures who were also fascinated by dreams. As anyone who has read The Metamorphosis or The Trial could tell, Kafka frequently immersed himself in “dreamlike states” when he wrote. Rabbi Nachman also based several of his teachings on dreams. Both drew on the Jewish tradition of dreaming and dream interpretation, rooted in what Kamenetz calls, in The History of Last Night’s Dream, “the primordial dream book in the West, the book of Genesis.”

Now it is time to bring that tradition to the present. Send in your dreams, and Kamenetz will respond with his interpretation.

Here are some guidelines: Keep your dream narratives brief, focus on what is said and done, and mainly on what you feel in each moment of the dream. Briefly identify the persons who appear by indicating how you feel about them (“Joe, my brother-in-law, he scares me”). We reserve the right to edit the dreams to protect privacy. Submissions must be received by November 5. Send them to: dreams@tabletmag.com

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michael schwartz says:

Our family was visiting south Florida, and I was at the Manishewitz Hot Baths, taking a dip in the pool. The pool walls and most everything else were colored in mauve. While in the pool, I was being bothered by two baby hippos. I shoved them away and soon realized I had killed them. I knew I was in big trouble, because hippos are protected. At that point, our two cats, Spunky and Patches, appeared and proceeded to devour the dead baby hippos, much to my relief, as the evidence was now gone. End of dream. I have run this one by psychologists and at least one dream therapist, and their conclusion is that I am a very weird person!

Laralee says:

My husband dreamt last night that plants, weeds really, were sprouting from his body – especially his arms.
He was very upset by this.
Thoughts?

AARON B. says:

might be expressing a subconcious fear that the children are turning out disappointingly….

georgianna says:

Michael, my favorite dream book says mauve signifies minor disappointment or difficulties. Hippos – rivals or competitors. Cats – treachery. So possibly any rivals will be taken care of. Sounds like a good outcome. g

I was traveling with a group of people I do not know in real life. In the dream, I knew them. We were in the corridor of an airport or train station. The corridor didn’t have much color but we were dressed colorfully. All the colors were jewel tones (like stained glass). We weren’t actually going anywhere and seemed confused.

some dream!!i usuallydo not remember them but this one WAS remembered. It was powerful.

ATH

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