He Saw His Brother In A Dream In Gan Eden With His Father The Day He Was Hospitalized

Rav Yitzchak Kolodetsky (L.) & Rav Yaakov Kolodetsky, ztl (R.)

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Following the levaya of Harav Yaakov Kolodetsky, z’tl, of Bnei Brak, who passed away from the coronavirus on Tuesday night, his brother, Harav Yitzchak Kolodetsky, the son-in-law of HaGaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky, told the niftar’s sons about a disturbing dream he had the month before.

Harav Yitzchak told his nephews that on the day Harav Yaakov was hospitalized, he had a dream that night during which he saw his father, Harav Shachne Kolodetsky, z’tl, together with his brother, Rav Yaakov, sitting together around a table in Gan Eden.

During the dream, he also saw his father embrace his son as if to welcome him to Gan Eden.

Harav Yitzchak didn’t reveal the dream to anyone at the time for understandable reasons.

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  1. And since when do dreams have ANY meaning?! Even opinions that say dreams have “some” meaning, it has much misleading/false information and often the meaning depends on the interpretation. (See “sugya” in encyclopidia talmudis on dreams: cholom).

    What next, someone heard a “bas kol” (voices)?! I am not questioning if it happened or not. I accept that the person himself actually believed he heard/saw it (whether it is a dream, bas kol, feeling, premonition, hallucination etc), but I simply wonder: what possible purpose is their to report this?!

  2. For someone of you stature dreams are meaningless. It’s highly unlikely that you would be a receptacle of anything holy, let alone to be allowed to view anything remotely close to Gan Eden. However there are people in this world who are way purer than you and live a much more meaningful life and they may merit to have real meaning in their dreams. It strengthens emunah of people who care about working on their emunah when they see such stories. Thank you Yeshiva World.