Should I be concerned about having a dream about my recently departed mother in law handing me a havdalah candle?

Answer:

I would not be concerned, and would interpret the dream in a positive light.

The havdalah candle symbolizes a separation, the separation between Shabbos and the week. However, at the same time, it implies a connection, in that the light of Shabbos passed on into the week.

In passing you the candle, perhaps there is a symbol of the light of your mother-in-law being passed on to you.

In general, the Gemara writes that (according to one outlook) one should not read too much into dreams, though another outlook sees them as a partial prophecy.

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