Back in November at the URJ Biennial, I had the pleasure of hearing author Rodger Kamenetz speak about dream interpretation from Genesis through the rabbis, and about the revelation dream within Judaism. I posted some notes on his talk, though my notes were necessarily limited because he spoke on Shabbat afternoon when I didn't have my laptop with me.
This week I learned that he's started a blog, talkingdream -- and in his second post, he offers us the chance to read (and comment upon) the first chapter of his book on dreams. Here's a tiny taste:
At the dawn of the Enlightenment, as modern ideas challenged faith everywhere in Europe, one rabbi, Nachman of Bratzlav, diagnosed our contemporary spiritual condition. He called it "second degree hiding." He said: Not only is God's face hidden from us, but it is hidden from us that God's face is hidden from us.
We too live in a time of the hiding of God's face, but it’s gone on so long, we don’t even know it. We rarely feel deeply how much we have lost. Except perhaps in our dreams.
Read the chapter here. Let Rodger know what you think. And welcome him to the blogosphere! I couldn't be more thrilled that he's here.