The Basics of Judaism: Basic Values and Morality: Dreams:
What is the significance of dreams?
The Rabbinic view is that the overwhelming
majority of dreams have no significance;
as the Talmud says "A person is shown only
what is on his mind" (Berachos 55b).
In rare cases a dream may contain prophetic
elements (ibid. 57b: "A dream is a 60th part
of prophecy"), but the general rule is that
"Dreams neither raise nor lower" (Gittin 52a),
and they can be ignored. For a summary of the
Rabbinic sources on dreams see the article
"Divrei Chalomos" in the Talmudic Encyclopedia.
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