Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller, introduces and begins Sefer Daniel. Sefer Daniel is unique in that it was composed in exile, in Babylonia during the reign of Nevuchadnetzar. In this class, Rebbetzin Heller speaks about the nature of dreams, and why Daniel’s mission came through the interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar’s dreams.
Rebbetzin Tzipora Heller teaches the famous dream of Nevuchadnezzar which dominates Sefer Daniel,and begins to explain its symbolism. Rebbetzin Heller discussed the idea of four galuyot (exiles) specifically the galut of Yishmael.
Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller learns the chapters describing the image Nevuchadnetzar saw in his prophetic dream, and Daniel’s role in interpreting it.
Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller describes Nevuchadnetzar’s demand that Chanania, Mishael, and Azaria bow to his image. Rebbetzin Heller analyzes the implications of this choice and the balance of Bitachon in a situation where salvation will necessitate a miracle.
Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller teaches the beginning of perek 3, in which Nevuchanetzar interprets his role in history to be one in which he can use his power against Hashem, and win. He attempts to play out this struggle against G-d through building a huge golden statue of himself, and insisting that all of his subjects bow to it.
Rebbetzin Tzipora Heller continues teaching perek 3, and describes the steadfast refusal of Chanania, Mishael, and Azaria to bow to Nebuhadnezar’s image. They understood that any kind of submission “dwarfs” Hashem in this world. The resulting miracle opened Nevuchandetzar’s eyes to the constant control that Hashem has over the world, and he recognized that the reason Hashem gave him so much power is to make the world aware of the honor due Hashem.
Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller teaches the fourth perek of the sefer, which describes Nevuchadnetzar’s second dream, Daniel’s interpretation of it, and his subsequent advice to Nevuchadnetzar.
Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller finishes chapter 4 and continues on to chapter 5, with the stories of the end of Nevuchadnetzar’s reign, the abrupt fall of Belshatzar, and the beginning of the story of Daniel in the lion’s den.
Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller finishes the story of Daniel in the lions’ den, emphasizing that his faith was the cause of the miracle. She then continues to the second half of Sefer Daniel, which is a prophesy for future exiles and the ultimate redemption.
Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller reviews perek 7, which discusses Daniels prophesy of different animals, each representing a different kingdom that will dominate the world and subjugate the Jewish people. Rebbetzin Heller analyzes their ultimate defeat, and Hashem’s compassion leading to the destruction of all evil, and concludes with a discussion of the date of Mashiach’s arrival.
Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller teaches chapter 8, which describes the third vision of Daniel. This vision also relates to the kingdoms who will dominate the Jewish People in exile, but here they are compared to domesticated animals. This comparison shows that the wars that they will fight against the Jewish People will be focused and directed. Rebbetzin Heller also explains why the times for redemption are written so vaguely.
Rebbetzin Tzipora Heller teaches perek 9, which describes Daniel’s prophesy of a goat. Rebbetzin Heller explains how this prophesy corresponds to the challenges the Jewish people will need to face when they are subjugated by the nations of the West.
Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller teaches the prophesies of perek 10. In this chapter, Daniel receives predictions regarding the near-impossible nature of the galut of Greece. Daniel accepts this decree, and responds with silence and bitachon (trust in Hashem).
Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller teaches the beginning of chapter 11. Rebbetzin Heller speaks of Hashem’s Providence in military and political events as being observable as they occur, and not only in retrospect.
Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller reviews the entire story of the book of Daniel, and applies its lessons to our individual lives.
Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller completes the sefer, with a description of the end of days and the fate of all segments of the Jewish people – tzadikkim, reshaim, maskilim, matzdikei harabim, etc.
Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller describes the vision that Daniel had about various future wars, and connects it to their historical and modern parallels.