Lord of the Universe! I am Thine and my dreams are Thine; a dream have I dreamed and I know not what it is…If they be good dreams, strengthen and fortify them and may they be fulfilled like the dreams of Joseph; but if they require to be amended, heal them as the waters of Marah were healed by the hands of Moses our teacher, as Miriam was healed from her leprosy, as Hezekiah from his illness, and like the waters of Jericho sweetened by the hands of Elisha. And as Thou didst turn the curse of the wicked Balaam into a blessing, so do Thou turn all my dreams for me into good.”

The prayer above, to be said by those who did not know the meaning of a dream they had, is found in the tractate, Berakoth. Our ancestors took dreams and their interpretation very seriously. R. Hisda said, “A dream which is not interpreted is like a letter which is not read” (Ber. 55a). And according to the ancient sages, if one dreams of a colt he may hope for salvation (Ber. 56b). They cite the Scripture:

“Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you! righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”(Zechariah 9:9)

ISSUES does not venture to prove or disprove the talmudists’ interpretation of dreams. But as for the colt…

“The next day the great crowd that had come for the Feast (Passover) heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting,’Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the King of Israel!’

Jesus found a young donkey and sat upon it, as it is written,

‘Do not be afraid, O Daughter of Zion; see, your king is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt.”‘

(John 12:12-15)


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