In this week’s parashah, Vayeshev, we read about Yosef’s dreams of becoming a ruler. Then, at the end of the parashah, we read about the dreams of the sar ha’mashkim and sar ha’ofim. Then, in next week’s parashah, we read about the dreams of Pharaoh. All of those dreams carried important messages from shamayim. In general, most of our dreams are meaningless. But even today, sometimes people have dreams that carry real messages from shamayim as well.
The sefer Hashem L’negdi writes about an amazing dream in which the mother of Rabbi Avraham Genochovsky appeared to Rabbi Shmuel Baruch Werner, author of sefer Mishpeteh Shmuel. The dream is written up in the introduction to the sefer Na’ot Ephraim who heard it directly from the mouth of Rabbi Avraham Genochovsky, who passed away just six years ago.
After his mother had passed away, Rabbi Avraham’s father asked him to write a small book in his mother’s memory. He undertook the project and wrote a kuntres on Masechet Horayot and named it Cheder Horati. His father was so happy with the work, he gave out the sefer to his friends and acquaintances, one of which, was Rav Shmuel Baruch Werner. One morning, Rabbi Shmuel Baruch called up Rabbi Avraham Genochovsky with great excitement in his voice. “I have to tell you what happened to me last night!” he exclaimed. “You’re mother, the tzadeket, appeared to me in my dream and said in the sefer that I wrote, Mishpeteh Shmuel, I asked the following question: “Why does it say in Masechet Kiddushin, if parents are divorced, in the laws of kibbud av v’em, there’s no preference as to which parent the child has to honor first, yet, in Masechet Horayot, from the Mishna on daf yud gimmel, it seems that he should have to honor the father.” Then she told me, “My son wrote a kuntres in my memory, and he asked the same question. Go take a look.”
“When I woke up the next morning, I ran to get your book, and indeed, there it was, the exact same question that I asked.” Rabbi Avraham then said, “This is amazing! My mother didn’t only know the contents of the sefer that I wrote in her memory, she also knew the contents of what other sefarim say as well. And she was so excited that I asked that question, that was found in your sefer, it gave her so much pleasure.”
That dream give him chizuk in the knowledge that his mother is living on happily in gan eden.
Sometimes a dream gives us a good feeling about a loved one who has passed on, and sometimes those loved ones are allowed to come back in a dream to help us.
The sefer Emunah Shelemah told a story which a friend of his told him about his neighbor. That neighbor’s wife has just given birth prematurely, and the baby weighed less than two pounds. Afterwards, she was unable to move her legs. After a full week in the hospital, with many different doctors trying to help her, not only wasn’t she able to move her legs, she didn’t have any feeling in either of them. She was totally paralyzed. The doctors thought it might be a neurological issue and they wanted to send her to another facility to have her checked out. They added, there’s a good chance she’ll never walk again. The family was shattered.
Her husband asked one of his neighbors to go to Rebbetzin Kolodetsky, Rav Chaim Kanievsky’s daughter, to get a beracha immediately for his wife. The neighbor went. In the meantime, the woman’s family was sitting around her bedside while she was asleep. A few hours later, she woke up and she said, “I can feel my legs and she started moving them around.” Everyone was shocked.
The woman proceeded to tell them about a dream she just had. Her brother’s wedding was coming up, and she saw herself sitting in a chair watching everyone dancing there. Suddenly, Rebbetzin Batsheva Kanievsky approached her and asked her why she wasn’t dancing. “I can’t dance.”, she replied, “My legs are paralyzed.” The Rabbanit then told her, “What do you mean you can’t dance? This is your brother’s wedding, you have to dance.”
The woman then asked the Rabbanit, “What are you doing here? I was at your funeral.” The Rabbanit answered, “Yes, that’s true, but now I’m back to bring simcha to the chatan v’kallah. Come with me right away.” She stretched out her hand, and pulled her up, and they began dancing and that was the end of the dream.
Just fifteen minutes after this woman woke up, she started to walk. This was the power of the beracha she got from Rabbanit Batsheva’s daughter, Rebbetzin Kolodetsky.
Dreams can be very inspiring. Most of the time we dream about what’s on our mind during the day. But on a rare occasion, those who have passed on are allowed to communicate with those down here through a dream.