The Jewish Dream Book: The Key to Opening the Inner Meaning of Your Dreams

The Jewish Dream Book: The Key to Opening the Inner Meaning of Your Dreams

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ISBN-13: 9781580236430
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 06/14/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 128
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Vanessa L. Ochs is the Ida and Nathan Kolodiz Director of Jewish Studies and associate professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia. A recipient of a fellowship in creative writing from the National Endowment of the Arts, she is author of several books, coauthor of The Jewish Dream Book: The Key to Opening the Inner Meaning of Your Dreams, and co-editor, with Rabbi Irwin Kula, of The Book of Jewish Sacred Practices: CLAL's Guide to Everyday&Holiday Rituals&Blessings (both Jewish Lights).

Vanessa L. Ochs is available to speak on the following topics:

  • Jewish Ritual Innovation
  • Haggadah
  • Jewish Feminism
  • What Makes a Jewish Home Jewish
  • Raising Kids with Jewish Values

Elizabeth Ochs is a student at Brown University. Her writing appears in God Within: Our Spiritual Future—As Told by Today's New Adults (SkyLight Paths).


Kristina Swarner is the award-winning illustrator of Yiddish Wisdom and Yiddish Wisdom for Parents (Chronicle). She lives in Chicago.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7


Part 1: What Judaism Teaches Us about Dreaming
1 The Origin of Dreams 16
2 Classical Jewish Approaches to Dream Interpretation 25


Part 2: Jewish Dream Practices
3 Bedtime Rituals to Help Prepare for Dreaming 35
4 Dream Practices for Waking Up 47
5 Practices for Interpreting Dreams 50
6 Practices for Dream Incubation 55
7 Practices for Responding to Nightmares: Hatavat Chalom 65
8 Holding a Rosh Chodesh Gathering Devoted to Dreaming 76
9 Seeking Healing through Dreams 83
10 Practices for Mourning 86
11 Blessings for Dreaming 90
12 Practices for Linking Your Dreams to Torah 94
13 A Torah Practice That Honors Dreamers 98


Notes 101

Glossary 103

Suggestions for Further Reading 105

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