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Eder, M.D. (1933). Dreams: B. Cohen. 'Uber Traumdeutung in der jüdischen Tradition.' Imago, 1932, Bd. XVIII, S. 117–121.. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 14:111-112.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Dreams: B. Cohen. 'Uber Traumdeutung in der jüdischen Tradition.' Imago, 1932, Bd. XVIII, S. 117–121.

(1933). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 14:111-112

Dreams: B. Cohen. 'Uber Traumdeutung in der jüdischen Tradition.' Imago, 1932, Bd. XVIII, S. 117–121.

M. D. Eder

It was not axiomatic among the Tannaim and Amoraim, whose sayings and statements are found in the Talmud, that dreams were necessarily prophetic, although they accepted the prophetic meanings of the dreams of the Hebrew patriarchs found in the Bible. The dreams of ordinary persons might be interpreted non-prophetically, occasionally quite psychoanalytically. R. Chisda Ber declares that 'an uninterpreted dream is an unwritten letter'. Cohen cites a number of dream interpretations given

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by R. Ishmael to an enquiring Sadducee which he considers are very close to the analytic method.

i. I gave some olive oil to drink: You are in incestuous relationship with your mother; oil being used as a sexual symbol.

ii. My eyes kiss another: Incestuous relationship with a sister.

A number of other dream interpretations from the same sources are given as well as the conventional metaphorical interpretations of them previously given by a Samaritan. Although the Amoraim held diverse views as to the meaning of dreams the rule was general: 'Whosoever has had an anxiety dream should endeavour to find a hopeful interpretation; if unsuccessful, a day's fast is enjoined to prevent the forgetting of the dream and the problems it has raised through the carrying on of the daily round'. Self knowledge, the true basis of repentance, is strengthened by reflection under ascetic conditions. Dream interpretation leads to such knowledge.

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Article Citation

Eder, M.D. (1933). Dreams. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 14:111-112

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