Daniel 3:30
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30  Thereupon the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego in the province of Babylon.

bay-DA-yin mal-KA hatz-LAKH l’-shad-RAKH may-SHAKH va-a-VAYD n’-GO bim-dee-NAT ba-VEL

ל  בֵּאדַיִן מַלְכָּא הַצְלַח לְשַׁדְרַךְ מֵישַׁךְ וַעֲבֵד נְגוֹ בִּמְדִינַת בָּבֶל׃

 3:30   Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego

Prime Minister Golda Meir (1898-1978)

These are the Babylonian names of Chananya, Mishael, and Azarya, given to them by the Babylonian chief of officers after they arrived from Israel (1:7). This reference is the last time that Chananya, Mishael, and Azarya are mentioned in Sefer Daniel. One opinion in the Talmud (Sanhedrin 83a) suggests that this is because they returned to the Land of Israel. They were motivated practically by their fear of Nebuchadnezzar and what he may do to them next. In addition, they had been elevated spiritually by the miraculous deliverance from the fiery furnace and could no longer tolerate the impurities of Babylonia. Once in Israel, Chananya, Mishael, and Azarya learned Torah from Yehoshua the high priest, married and raised families. This incident contains a message for Jews throughout the ages: When the environment gets hostile in foreign countries, Eretz Yisrael provides a safe haven for the Jews. This is true today more than ever, when Jews living outside of Israel still suffer from anti-Semitism. As Prime Minister Golda Meir said about the State of Israel, “Above all, this country is our own. Nobody has to get up in the morning and worry what his neighbors think of him. Being a Jew is no problem here.”

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