Rodger Kamenetz is the author of the landmark international bestseller The Jew in the Lotus and the National Jewish Book Award-winning Stalking Elijah. His five books of poetry include The Lowercase Jew --he has been called "the most formidable of the Jewish-American poets." His memoir, Terra Infirma, has been described as "the most beautiful book every written about a mother and son." His latest book, The History of Last Night's Dream, opens up the whole field of word and image, psychology and imagination, and points to an ancient but now hidden way of using dreams to rediscover the soul. It is a book that promises to change the way we dream.
Rodger Kamenetz is the Erich and Lea Sternberg Honors Professor at Louisiana State University. He is a certified dream therapist-- in weekly hour-long sessions, dreams are used to lead clients on a journey of great psychological and spiritual depth.
Ian spoke with professor and dream therapist Rodger Kamenetz about his book, The History of Last Night's Dream, in which he explores the interpretation of dreams from a spiritual perspective. Kamenetz believes "every dream has huge potential to help us unlock deeper levels of feeling."Kamenetz described two schools of dream interpretation gathered from his study of the Old Testament: one represented by Jacob, who dreamed of angels ascending and descending on a ladder to heaven (see Genesis 28:10-17), and another illustrated by Joseph, the biblical figure with a gift for dream interpretation (see Genesis 40). He also discussed the role of dreams and dream interpretation in the Bible.Kamenetz analyzed one of Ian's dreams in which he cheated on his wife with a prostitute in order to save his sons from sleeping with her, as well as shared his own dream involving a police officer who stopped him while he was riding a bicycle. Kamenetz said the dream meant he had a problem re ... More »Host: Ian Punnett