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BY RABBI M. ROBERT SYME
Special to The Jewish News
Everybody dreams. Sometimes Jacob, at this point in his life,
a_ dream is so frightening that it was a teenager, forced to flee
wakes us_ sn , —,-:-------I---._;,,____fi.om the wra h of his brother
sau• 1 ire—encr s-that were as-
so vague, that it evades us. By
the time we wake up, we have tending represented the childish
already forgotten what it was ideals that were leaving him.
all about. Some people believe New, more mature ideals were
that a dream is a dredging up of descending and were to become
past events; some people believe part of his character.
Much more important how-
that a dream is a foreshadowing
ever, than ascending and de-
of things to come.
Psychiatrists frequently ex- scending, iz-, what Jacob saw on
press an interest in a patient's the ladder. He saw angels! He
dreams. Eric Fromm wrote: could have seen demons. He
"Dreams are like a microscope
through which we look at the
hidden occurrences in our soul."
The Bible is replete with
dreams. Anyone who has even a
passing acquaintance with
Scripture is familiar with
Joseph's dream, Pharoah's
dream, King Solomon's dream could have seen devils, inas-
and many others. In this week's
much as the ancient world was
portion of the Torah, we are in-
steeped in idolatry, in all sorts
troduced to perhaps the most
of animal worship. But Jacob
famous dream of all: the dream saw angels! The Torah tells us
of the patriarch Jacob. It is no that Adam, the first human,
exaggeration to say that more
was created out of the dust of
sermons have been given on this
the earth. But in addition, God
passage than on any other verse
implanted His divine spirit. And
in the Bible.
we humans have a choice! In
The dream is clearly stated.
our relationships with people,
There is a ladder reaching
we can look for the dust or the
heavenward, "and angels of God
divinity. We can search for their
ascending and descending on it."
cruelty or their compassion.
This verse is literally begging to
Isn't this the essence of love?
be interpreted. According to the
Two ordinary people meet. To
Talmud (berachot 55a) "a dream
the rest of the world, they may
not interpreted is like a letter
appear plain, or even unattrac-
not read." Following this ad-
tive. But to each other, they are
monition, let us briefly examine
beautiful! Why? Because they
this verse, and see what mes-
see what is angelic in each
sage it conveys to us.
Whenever I discuss this verse
At this time in history, let us
with children, they immediately
hope that the world's leaders
find the "mistake" in the Torah.
will emulate the dream of Jacob.
Look at the text. It says "angels
Let them discover the angelic
were ascending and descending."
qualities that are resident in the
With gloating joy, children will
hearts of all of God's children.
say: "the Torah made a mistake.
Then, and only then, will an-
Angels live in heaven. There-
other dream come true — the
fore, the text should read 'angels
dream of Isaiah: "When nations
were first descending and only
will beat their swords into
afterwords ascending.' God bless ploughshares, and their spears
Jewish children. Let me hasten
into pruning hooks. Nation shall
to assure you that the Torah is
not lift up sword against nation,
not guilty of an oversight. The
nor shall they learn war any-
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Tel Aviv (JTA) — Three
Lebanese villages have asked to
be incorporated into the security
zone north of the Israel border
which is protected by the
Israel-backed South Lebanon
Army (SLA) and elements of the
Israel Defense Force.
The villages lie just outside
the zone. Apparently they hope
to benefit from the relative
quiet of the security zone and
from opportunities for trade and
commerce with Israel, senior
IDF sources said. A decision is
expected after it is ascertained
that a majority of the villagers
Acording to IDF sources, the
security zone set up after Israel
completed its withdrawal from
Lebanon last June, has been a
success. Cooperation between
the local population and the
SLA has icreased significantly
and the zone is enjoying a
period of economic prosperity.
The population of the zone is
put at 220,000. According to
SLA commander Gen. Antoine
Lehad, there is no shortage of
volunteers for his force which
numbers 2,400 men plus IDF
advisers and other personnel.
The cooperation of this popula-
tion has resulted in better in-
telligence to warn of attacks by
pro-Syrian Lebanese and oher
Several attacks on SLA posi-
tions at the northern edge of the
zone were reported during the
past 24 hours. The SLA re-
sponded with tank and mortar
fire. According to SLA sources,
the number of Palesinians tak-
ing part in these attacks is in-