Daniel 7:1
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1  In the first year of King Belshazzar of Babylon, Daniel saw a dream and a vision of his mind in bed; afterward he wrote down the dream. Beginning the account,

bish-NAT kha-DAH l’-vayl-sha-TZAR ME-lekh ba-VEL da-ni-YAYL KHAY-lem kha-ZAH v’-khez-VAY ray-SHAY al mish-k’-VAY bay-DA-yin khel-MA kh’-TAV RAYSH mi-LEEN a-MAR

א  בִּשְׁנַת חֲדָה לְבֵלְאשַׁצַּר מֶלֶךְ בָּבֶל דָּנִיֵּאל חֵלֶם חֲזָה וְחֶזְוֵי רֵאשֵׁהּ עַל־מִשְׁכְּבֵהּ בֵּאדַיִן חֶלְמָא כְתַב רֵאשׁ מִלִּין אֲמַר׃

 7:1   Daniel saw a dream

Lest anyone think that history is coincidental, Hashem shows Daniel a preview of all that will transpire until the end of days. According to Rabbi Yitzchak Abrabanel, Daniel’s visions are meant to comfort the Jewish people throughout their long and bitter exile. Hashem is like a doctor who explains a difficult treatment to his patient, but promises that all the painful symptoms guarantee a full recovery at the end. When we see that the predicted suffering has occurred, we can be assured that redemption, with all the promise it holds, will come true as well. For 2000 years history has been witness to much Jewish suffering. Finally, with the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, the process of recovery has begun.

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