Once I had a dream and I awoke.

 

In this dream Jerusalem was the heart of the world as it is represented according to well-defined spiritual ideas. I planned to check this in a survey of the city so as to find out how many people with the names Shalom – peace in Hebrew - or Salem - peace in Arabic – were living in the city. A transcription according to the Kabbala could explain why peace fails to come.

For this purpose I checked Jerusalem’s phonebook. I found 345 people with the name Shalom. There were 45 people with the name Salem. Then, I contacted the Kabbalists in Israel to know which words could be made up with these figures and if their meaning was related to peace. Unfortunately, the answers were quite divergent; the question remains open.