Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Fasting for a Bad Dream

Fasting for a Bad Dream

Day: Tuesday
Date: October 17, 2017
Parashat: Noah
Yalkut Yosef: O"H: 220

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One who had a bad dream and is very nervous or afraid because of it should go to three friends and tell them "halom tov ra'iti," which means, I saw a good dream. They should then respond to him "tava hu, vetava leihavei," which means, it's good and let it be good. If he is still very afraid and he knows that if he were to fast and make a proper spritual accounting of his deeds he will feel better, then he should do so. However, if he is not concerned then there is nothing to worry about since dreams are generally meaningless. Talmidei Hachamim and others who devote their time to studying Torah should refrain from fasting for such things since it will affect their ability to study Torah. Likewise, people who want to fast to repent for past misdeeds would do better increasing and strengthening their study of Torah and exert themselves in that way rather than fasting which will likely affect their Torah learning.

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