I found an article on aish.com, entitled Moshiach and the World Today which quoted the Malbim as stating the following:

A father and son traveling a long distance. As they start out, the son begins to ask when they will arrive, and of course the father does not answer. However, as they near the town, the son asks the same question, and this time the father readily answers that it is only a short while before they reach their destination. "So too, as the time of redemption is clearly approaching, we cannot help but notice the signs all around us that foreshadow that redemption. As the end grows nearer, doubts will become smaller, and at the very end, all doubts will be removed... As the time grows closer, uncertainty recedes in the wake of increasingly abundant wisdom.

The only reference they give is Introduction to the Book of Daniel. Does anyone know where I can find the Malbim's Introduction to the Book of Daniel in Hebrew online?

  • That the citation is correct (i.e., this really does appear in Malbim's intro to Daniel) seems to me the most reasonable explanation for the existence of a different translation with the same citation. That said, I can't seem to find such an intro online, so I'm not really helping you. hebrewbooks.org/39993 & sefaria.org.il/Malbim_on_Daniel & he.wikisource.org/wiki/… are Malbim on Daniel but none of them has an intro that I see.
    – msh210
    Commented Apr 27, 2020 at 21:28
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    Searching around, I find that R' Yissachar Teichtal הי"ד, in Eim Habanim Smeicha 2:21, quotes this mashal in the name of the Malbim, but not in an "introduction to Daniel," but in a broadsheet (קול קורא) he published after he had published his commentary to Daniel. (In that commentary he gave an explicit date for Moshiach's coming - which, בעוונותינו הרבים, has long since passed - and contemporary rabbanim objected to that; this broadsheet, with the mashal, was his reply.)
    – Meir
    Commented Apr 27, 2020 at 23:59
  • Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/9394/…
    – Harel13
    Commented Feb 28, 2021 at 19:31


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