February 12, 2008

My Wifes Dream

Filed under: deep reflections — Reb Moshe @ 7:40 am

My wife had a dream the other night that we were meeting with the Nikolsburg Rebbe and he was answering my questions on any Torah topic for 1 hour. Then towards the end, He asked me, “I will bless you with one wish. Tell me what you would like.” My wife was then asked to leave the room… She asked why.

The Rebbe explained that she may not be able to handle the wish I asked for. She left and then I told the Rebbe that I would like two things. Plenty of Challah and Milk for my family for our entire life. When my wife returned, she was dismayed. Here I could have asked for anything and I asked just for Challah and Milk. And why these things she woke up wondering. I am not asking anyone to interpret this but I am curious your thoughts.


  1. Challah and milk seems simple food, but bread is the most improved of foods, deserving of Motzei, and flour must be finest for breads, especially challah, likuvid shobbos.

    Milk too is a rich drink, sustinance for life, all people begin life with drinking milk, and it shows the most natural of foods.

    As opposed to challah; bread which is harvested wheat, then ground, then refined, then mixed with other elements like water, then fire to cook, all the elements are in bread, but human hands are what make it. Everystep is a human effort. Milk comes naturally directly from Hashem.

    Yet both are rich foods, that both the rich man and the poor man drink. Rich yet very very simple food.

    Yet, it is customary to have fleishik on shobbos, when it is a mitzvah to eat, why then, do you ask for milk? Milk for the week days and Challos for shobbos?

    She is probably dismayed that she expected parnassah or something, or maybe even the opportunity to seperate the dough again, since all challos would be provided for, and she could not seperate the dough anymore. So she loses a mitzvah?

    Yet Challah is Chumetz, which is likened to Geiveh, geiveh is the trait of Amalek, and Geiveh widens the tzimtzum to accomodate the space, and hashems presence is driven further away. So welcoming endless amalek to your home, but come shobbos, you shecht it with the challah knife, and you shecht amalek.

    So, like the presence of hashem is driven from us as arrogance is growing, the shechina is driven out too, so your wife (woman is likend to shechina) left the room.

    “Then towards the end, He asked me…” In Sefer Akeidas Yitzchok, (by the 5th Aleks. rebbe) We see learn that in the days just prior to moshiach (the end of days), geiveh will be very open, and the yeitzer haro will make people arrogant.

    geiveh, is like anger, and it is like fire because it only grows and rises upward.

    So just like a flame gets bright before it is extinguished, the yeitzer haro will shine forth one last burst of ‘evil’ in arrogance before it is destroyed in the days of moshiach.

    This is what is meant when “Then towards the end…”

    Naturally Moshe, I take the view of Pschishcha, the Yid HaKodesh and Simcha Bunim to the path of Bittul 🙂

    Everything leads to bittul. As we see “On the heels of Bittul comes Yiras Hashem” – Prov.

    Comment by Asa Yitzchak — February 12, 2008 @ 8:17 am

  2. wow, thats long.

    Comment by Asa Yitzchak — February 12, 2008 @ 8:17 am

  3. yes a bit long. Can you sum it up in 1 line?

    Comment by Reb Moshe — February 12, 2008 @ 8:28 am

  4. You should live simple lives, yet rich in Ruchnius U’vGashmeus.

    Comment by Asa Yitzchak — February 12, 2008 @ 8:32 am

  5. Said Rabbi Banaah: There were twenty-four interpreters of dreams in Jerusalem. Once I dreamt a dream and I went around to all of them and they all gave different interpretations, and all were fulfilled, thus confirming that which is said, “All dreams follow the mouth.”
    (Talmud, Berachot 55b)

    Therefore I say:

    The Challah is the holy Shabbat Bread: a plenty of sustenance for you and your family, earned in a holy way, for some business is holier than other.
    Milk is the Mercy of The Holly of Israel for you and your home.
    Challah is Shabbos, on Shabbos one comes in delight of meat. Shabbos is the time of Moshiach.
    “Meat stems from the divine attribute of justice, milk from the attribute of mercy.” (Shaloh)
    You’ve asked for the Mercy of Ha Shem for your home.

    “In the future world of Moshiach, the prohibition against mixing meat with milk will be annulled.”
    (Rabbeinu Bechaye)

    Let it be soon, in our days and in the days of Kol Yisrael!
    That’s what you’ve asked for.

    Woman is likend to Shechina, but also Gvura, the severe Justice, is a female attribute, it goes out for a while, let all our transgressions be forgiven!

    Comment by Teodor Todorov — February 12, 2008 @ 11:57 pm

  6. Oh very nice, I enjoyed that simple rendition. I already interpreted the dream in a very simple way before I posted it but it is amazing how minds work so I wanted to see every ones stream of consciousness. It is becoming quite fun. I forgot that milk was chesed. I am glad i posted this. Bread is gevurah. That is why we dip it in salt 3x, to turn it into chesed.

    Comment by Reb Moshe — February 13, 2008 @ 12:01 am

  7. Dear Rebbe Moshe,
    Hi! I think it means take care of your family first and all the rest will be given to you also. This is just my opinion. Thank you.

    Comment by Kathy — February 19, 2008 @ 9:37 am

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