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The Jewish Dream Book: The Key to Opening the Inner Meaning of Your Dreams Paperback – October 1, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-1580231329 ISBN-10: 1580231322

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Jewish Lights (October 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580231322
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580231329
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #624,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 God, 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.
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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.


More About the Author

Vanessa L. Ochs is the author of Inventing Jewish Ritual (JPS), winner of a 2007 National Jewish Book Award. Her other books include Sarah Laughed, The Jewish Dream Book (with Elizabeth Ochs), The Book of Jewish Sacred Practices (edited with Irwin Kula), Words on Fire: One Woman's Journey into the Sacred, and Safe and Sound: Protecting Your Child In An Unpredictable World. For her writing, she was awarded a Creative Writing Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts.


Dr. Ochs is an associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies and Jewish Studies Program at the University of Virginia where she teaches courses in Judaism, anthropology of religion, Jewish feminism, and spiritual writing. Ochs earned her B.A. in Drama and French from Tufts University, an M.F.A. in Theater from Sarah Lawrence College, and Ph.D. in Anthropology of Religion from Drew University.

She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia with her husband, theologian Peter Ochs; they are the parents of two grown daughters, Elizabeth Ochs and Juliana Ochs Dweck and grandparents of Harry and Emma Dweck.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 28, 2003
Format: Paperback
Someone gave me this book as a gift for my birthday, and it was without doubt the best gift I received! It is not an ordinary historical book or a self-help book; rather, it offers a lens to look at -- and to deeply connect with -- history. (And the pictures are really beautiful!)
I thought the book would just tell me how to read my dreams, or tell me how the ancients read theirs; but instead, it offers a process that affects my waking hours as well. I feel like I am interacting with my dreams WHILE interacting with the generations of people who came before me. It is certainly a religious book, but, for someone like me who is not very religious, it offers a spiritual perspective for my own life without any of the potentially intimidating aspects of formal religious study. I have put this book on my holiday gift list for six of my friends/family, both male and female and will give it to friends all year for birthdays.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shell on December 3, 2011
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My mistake for ordering. It is not what I expected. I would return it if I could. I prefer a book that gives you the symbols and the interpretation.
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