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  • Posted March 25, 2009


    I've read lots of books on dreams, in fact the first book on dreams I ever read was Signmund Freud's The Interpretation of Dreams. I've also studied Jung and I spent a number of years doing Jungian dream work. More than that-- I'm a fan of James Hillman's work.
    Now I have a new book to place on my dream book shelf.
    What Mr. Kamenetz has done is to put dreams in a new perspective that is also an entirely ancient perspective.
    He's convincing, at least to me, that there was once in the West, going back to the book of Genesis, an understanding about dreams, a rather simple one in a certain way, that we have lost.
    Namely that dreams reveal our faults, they show us our feelings, they show us through their symbols and interactions, who we are at heart, in the deepest way.. and ultimatley, like Jacob's dream of hte ladder, our own dreams, connect heaven and earth. That is they connect our every day life and experience, with a higher. or deeper, doesn't matter which way you want to directionalize it--- with a much more profound reality than the everyday.
    And you don't have to be a patriarch in the Bible.. dreams have the power for all of us.
    That's the main takeaway form the book, but the beauty is in the details. Kamentz is quite a writer, and his prose is compelling. In times really it reads like a detective story.. a thriller as one of the reviewers said.
    I truly admire this book and I think it's the kind of book some readers will love and cherish and some might have reactions to.
    That's because is strong... Read it!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 25, 2009


    I first heard about this book on Oprah Winfrey's XM Radio show and then saw the video Rodger Kamenetz did with Oprah on
    I immediately bought the book and read it over a period of a week. It's a book that asks a great deal of its readers but also delivers an incredible amount of useful information.
    At one level, like Kamenetz's best known book, The Jew in the Lotus, the History of Last Night's Dream is an account of a spiritual journey. Kamenetz at first is interested in one question: what happened to the promise of the revelation dream, that we see in Genesis, that is what has happened in our own time to the power of the dream to reveal us to ourselves, and to reconnect us with our deepest spiritual yearnings?
    This question rose in part it seems from Kamenetz's encounters with Tibetan teachers. It's clear Tibetans make active use of imagery in their spiritual practices. It's also clear that once long ago, Jews were a "people of the dream", with such dreamers as Jacob and Joseph, and the well known stories of dream interpretation in Genesis. Yet somehow in the West, the dream has lost its place as a source of spiritual enlightenment.
    Kamanetz studies with a fascinating teacher in Jerusalem, Colette, and learns about visualization and its connection to long lost Jewish mystical traditions. He then shifts ground and turns to dreams, which he learns from an intuitive dream teacher from Vermont, Mark Bregman. Bergman is basically self-trained, but through thirty or forty years of experience, he seems to know how to work with dreams in a direct way. Kamanetz describes him as a "shaman" and from the stories in the book that seems clear. This Vermont shaman though teaches Kamenetz how to find a path in dreams how to learn from his dreams, how to recover the lost spiritual promise in dreams. I know that after reading the book, my dreams changed. I began to see patterns in them, and understand how they might be showing me my deeper feelings.
    So this ook has two aspects. in one sense it's a spiritual detective story, and in another it's a very powerful journey into dreams that gives you an idea of what it would be like to work with your dreams. It's not really a do it yourself or self-help book, though the book did help me clarify what was going on in some dreams I had that confused me. Kamenetz uses lots of examples, of his dreams, and also of some of his dream clients -- people he works with one on one.
    I got a real sense of excitement and inspiration from this book and I think most readers would enjoy not only the history Kamenetz builds into the work, but the teachers he encounters.
    I recommend the book very highly.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 25, 2009


    THE HISTORY OF LAST NIGHT'S DREAM explores the gifts of the dreams that were first promised in the West in Genesis, but have been set aside, lost, forgotten: the hidden promise of the revelation dream and how we can access it in our daily lives. Most everyone has experienced the power of an occasional dream, but Kamenetz tells the story of how he learned from his dreams night after night. If you've ever wondered what promise dreams hold, or what it might mean to recover their power, this book shows us how to begin.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2008

    The ONE book to read on dreams

    I heard about this book on Oprah Winfrey's Soul Series and rushed out and read it. It's an absolutely incredible journey into the power of dreams to change our individual lives, as well as a complete history of how and when we went wrong with dreams.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 12, 2009


    Its apparent you are not really connected with Marc Bregman or you would have disconnected yourself by now due to his questionable practices. Your book is well written and your book only.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2009

    another perspective

    Rodger Kamenetz sings the praises of Marc Bregman. Let's be clear, first of all, about who this Marc Bregman is NOT. The Mark Bregman whom Rodger Kamenetz calls his "teacher" is not the respected Jewish scholar and author who resides and teaches in Jerusalem. Not by a long shot.

    This Marc Bregman is an ex-postman who has self-resurrected as an astrologer and "dream therapist" in northern Vermont. He has a BA in religion and a degree in special education. He has no - repeat NO - training in psychotherapy, and is not licensed (as a psychologist, clinical social worker, or similar professional) to do therapy. No license means that no professional body has vetted him - and more importantly, if something goes wrong, his clients have no recourse.

    Bregman claims to have created this feeling-focussed dream work methodology, but thirty years ago it was common knowledge that the feeling content of dreams was far more important than the imagery of the "manifest content." Bregman, who appears sadly ignorant of both Judaism and Christianity (not to mention other religions), has jimmied together a messy theology of a god and demons who send dreams, a pure soul to which we can return if only we shed our persona (with his confrontive help, of course), and a jargon built on Carl Jung's archetypes (anima and animus).

    But don't confuse his use of these terms with Jung's. And don't confuse his "String Therapy" with psychodrama, to which he compares it. Where a trained, skilled psychodramatist uses a scalpel - Bregman uses a pickax. And as much as he claims to emphasize feelings, he relies on a list of dream symbols for interpretation.

    Finally, having watched the napoleon-esque Mr. Bregman in action, I observed an autocratic leader ("Don't trust the dreamer," says he) - self-centered, manipulative, and insensitive to his clients and, in this case, his audience. Strangely, his followers seem to have exactly the dreams he predicts (or, perhaps, suggests?). When asked what they have gained from their dreamwork, they can only respond in rote terms, as if reciting articles of faith. He, on the other hand, has apparently gained a great deal of ego-gratification (and wealth) from his clients, many of whom he is now training as acolytes. This scenario has many of the classic markings of a cult.

    Dreams are invaluable psycho-spiritual resources for us; it's too bad Kamenetz has gotten mixed up in this scene, which can only give dreamwork a bad name in the long run.

    This Marc Bregman is no Dalai Lama.

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