On the Interpretation of Kebabchik https://mosaicmagazine.com/observation/uncategorized/2015/01/on-the-interpretation-of-kebabchik/

After a friend comes to him with a strange dream, Philologos wonders if the unconscious mind can do Hebrew numerology.

January 14, 2015 | Philologos
About the author: Philologos, the renowned Jewish-language columnist, appears twice a month in Mosaic. Questions for him may be sent to his email address by clicking here.

A painting of Hebrew letters by the Israeli painter David Rakia. Wikipedia

Ever since Freud’s pioneering investigation of dreams, we have known how capable the unconscious mind is of puns, complex verbal allusions, and intricate word play. But can dreams also put this ability to use in performing arithmetical calculations that most of us would have difficulty doing in our heads when awake? As one says in Yiddish, hert a mayse: Listen to a story.

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