I just read your piece on Pharaoh's dreams.  I would like  more elaboration on the whole topic of
dreams, and their origins, with sources to back up your opinion.


The dream state in man is a very large area to undertake. I will respond as best as I am able.
Dreams are manufactured by the person dreaming.
Unless we are told otherwise, (as in the Chumash that it was by way of G-d), the dream attempts to resolve conflicts from the previous day(s). As well, it acts to ensure continuous sleep which the body needs.
To elaborate on what I mean by conflicts, the gemora in Berachos states, (9th perek) if one does not dream for 7 days, he is considered a wicked person. The meaning is that if one is living out all his fantasies while awake, there is no conflict for the dream to resolve. Hence, one who does not dream, is fulfilling his instinctual drive while awake, and is in violation of halacha, and is termed a wicked person. It is only the person who is correctly suppressing his instincts (his yetzer hara) who will dream. Since he is frustrating his desires while awake as he should, dreams function for him as a form of release. This release functions to alleviate desires while keeping the person asleep so he may gain rest. Many times, if one is thirsty, he will dream of drinking, so as not to awake. If however the thirst is too strong, he will wake up, because the dream cannot mimic reality 100%.
Interestingly, those deprived of sleep for long amounts of time are found to hallucinate. As the person weakens from sleep deprivation, his fantasies and his unconscious rise to the surface (become more conscious), and produce daydreams and hallucinations. When one is weak, and cannot control his thoughts, his emotional state gains the upper hand. We see this as well in the state of drunkenness.
The gemora very honestly discusses, (Ber. 57a) and praises one who has dreams of sexual intercourse with his mother or sister. The reason for this praise is that the dream represents something positive about the personality of the dreamer. Dreaming about intercourse with such individuals at first, might seem offensive, however, if chazal took it up in a gemora, they are telling us that there is something to be learned from this, and that we should approach it objectively like any other gemora. What the exact teaching is from this statement, is something else to be discussed. But, we see clearly that chazal held of the opinion that dreams are indicative of something in our personalities. The gemora also states, "a dream not interpreted is like a letter not opened". Meaning, there is information in dreams, which if we look at clearly and honestly, we may learn information about ourselves.
Prophetic dreams however are of another category, as was the case with Pharaoh. But even in his dreams, we can detect some of his nature too.

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