Journey Through Genesis ©
Chah Lom, A Dream, A Vision ©
By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk
B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC
Our discussion is in the loving memory of Helen, Gladys Ethel, Martha, John, Patrick, Ethel Channah, George, Gary Lee, Donald Wayne, Carrie, Stephen, Sharon, Florence Youman, Jeanne C. W. Pierre, Joseph Adam Pierre, Louella P. Bienvenu, Barbara Pierre, Terrill B. Thomas, Joyce Duff, Michael and Channah may they rest in peace.
וַיָּבֹא אֱלֹהִים אֶל־אֲבִימֶלֶךְ בַּחֲלוֹם הַלָּיְלָה וַיֹּאמֶר לוֹ הִנְּךָ מֵת עַל־הָאִשָּׁה אֲשֶׁר־לָקַחְתָּ וְהִוא בְּעֻלַת בָּעַל:
'God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, Behold, you are but a dead man, because of the woman whom you have taken; for she is a man's wife.'
וַיְהִי בְּעֵת יַחֵם הַצֹּאן וָאֶשָּׂא עֵינַי וָאֵרֶא בַּחֲלוֹם וְהִנֵּה הָעֲתֻּדִים הָעֹלִים עַל־הַצֹּאן עֲקֻדִּים נְקֻדִּים וּבְרֻדִּים:
'And it came to pass at the time that the cattle conceived, that I lifted up my eyes, and saw in a dream, and, behold, the rams which leaped upon the cattle were striped, spotted and speckled.'
וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלַי מַלְאַךְ הָאֱלֹהִים בַּחֲלוֹם יַעֲקֹב וָאֹמַר הִנֵּנִי:
'And the Gngel of God Spoke to me in a dream, saying, Jacob; And I said, Here am I.'
וַיַּחֲלֹם יוֹסֵף חֲלוֹם וַיַּגֵּד לְאֶחָיו וַיּוֹסִפוּ עוֹד שְׂנֹא אֹתוֹ:
'And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brothers; and they hated him even more.'
'Do not interpretations belong to God?'
Our Creator Said, 'And he said, Hear now my words; If there is a prophet among you, I the Lord will make myself known to him in a vision, and will speak to him in a dream. Not so with my servant Moses, for he is the trusted one in all my house. With him I speak mouth to mouth, manifestly, and not in dark speech; and he behold the form of the Lord.'
Rabbi Michael Munk writes in his Book, The Wisdom in the Hebrew Alphabet on page 112, 'The number eight symbolizes man's ability to transcend the limitations of physical existence.' The Letter ח / Chet which in Gematria is the number eight is the first Letter of חֲלוֹם / Chah Lom, meaning to dream to have a vision. The first three usages of חֲלוֹם actually begin with the Letter ב Bet as referenced above. The Letter ב Bet normally means in or with or through. The letter Bet combined with Chah Lom means in a dream or through a dream or with a dream etc. Mystically our Creator can and does communicate with us in a dream or a vision.
The first time Ha Torah records the actual use of the word בַּחֲלוֹם meaning in a dream is in Bereisheit 20.3 Our Creator Spoke to a Noachide king, Avimelech.
Another way our Creator Communicates with us is through a deep sleep known as תַּרְדֵּמָה / Tah Rih Day Maw. Here one enters a state of unconsciousness. It's as if the Letter Chet like a bag descends upon us.
וַיַּפֵּל יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהִים ׀ תַּרְדֵּמָה עַל־הָאָדָם וַיִּישָׁן וַיִּקַּח אַחַת מִצַּלְעֹתָיו וַיִּסְגֹּר בָּשָׂר תַּחְתֶּנָּה:
'And the Lord God Made Adam fall into a deep sleep, and he slept; and He took one from his side, and closed up the flesh.'
וַיְהִי הַשֶּׁמֶשׁ לָבוֹא וְתַרְדֵּמָה נָפְלָה עַל־אַבְרָם וְהִנֵּה אֵימָה חֲשֵׁכָה גְדֹלָה נֹפֶלֶת עָלָיו:
' And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, a fear of great darkness fell upon him.'
אַחַר ׀ הַדְּבָרִים הָאֵלֶּה הָיָה דְבַר־יְהוָֹה אֶל־אַבְרָם בַּמַּחֲזֶה לֵאמֹר אַל־תִּירָא אַבְרָם אָנֹכִי מָגֵן לָךְ שְׂכָרְךָ הַרְבֵּה מְאֹד:
After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram; I am your shield, and your reward will be great.
Then there is Vah Yah Rawh where one has a mental vision as Avram did in Bereisheit 18.1. Avraham's eyes may have been open but most likely they were closed. He had a mental vision. This is similar to a dream. One may be awake.
וַיֵּרָא אֵלָיו יְהֹוָה בְּאֵלֹנֵי מַמְרֵא וְהוּא יֹשֵׁב פֶּתַח־הָאֹהֶל כְּחֹם הַיּוֹם:
Dear Ones our point here is to say there are special ways some of us may experience a communication from God. It helps to know what is happening. If you would like to share a vision or a dream from our Creator we have a web blog set up to discuss and share at:
I will share a recent dream in the blog.
Blessings and peace,
Dr. Akiva Gamliel and Rebbetzin Revi Belk