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Section: Halacha   Category: Tshuvos
Rav Chaim Greineman: The Chazon Ish Said, Taanis Chalom Is For Real Men
The gemara (Shabbos 11a) says that if a person has a bad dream, the best cure is to begin fasting immediately in the morning when he wakes up.  So powerful is this antidote that it should be done even on Shabbos, a day that fasting is not permitted.  However if you fast on Shabbos you should fast another day as well to do tshuva for fasting on Shabbos.

The reason for this strong response to a bad dream is because dreams are considered a form of Nevuah.  If so, should we fast after having a nightmare?  Rav Yaakov Derdik asked this question to Rav Chaim Greineman (Yagel Yaakov pg 32).  Rav Chaim answered that the Chazon Ish said that, “Today’s people are not people and today’s dreams are not dreams”.  Therefore he said one shouldn’t pay any attention to them.  Certainly when a person is worried, it will cause him to dream bad things and the dreams are a figment of his own imagination and not messages from Shamayim.

The footnote on the bottom says that the Chazon Ish held that these halachos were only said to generations where people were on a very high Madreiga.  It also notes that the Steipler Gaon would fast after having a bad dream and would make HaTavas Chalom even for a bad dream during a daytime rest.  Rav Yosef Chaim Zonenefeld would also make HaTavas Chalom but not fast except for rare occasions.

Important Note: We try to convey the Tshuva to the best of our ability. We admit that our understanding may not be accurate. Please also understand that this Tshuva may not be the final word on this topic. One should consult a Rav before drawing any conclusions.

This article has not been reviewed by the posek of the AskRevach section, Rav Peretz Moncharsh.  Any questions regarding this topic and Halacha L’Maaseh may be asked to him at www.revach.net/ask
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