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1. When Chananyah, Misha'el and Azaryah were saved from the burning furnace, the nations of the world rebuked the Bnei Yisrael.
2. When the Bnei Yisrael bowed down to Nevuchadnetzar's statue Hashem Yisbarach wanted to turn the world into blood.
3. After Chananyah, Misha'el and Azaryah were saved from the burning furnace, no more is mentioned of them.
4. Neither Hashem Yisbarach, Daniel, nor Nevuchadnetzar wanted Daniel to be present when Chananyah, Misha'el and Azaryah were thrown into the burning furnace.
5. Yehoshua Kohen Gadol was thrown into a fiery furnace together with the Resha'im Achav and Tzidkiyahu. His clothing was singed from the fire.
6. Boaz gave Ruth six kernels of barley. This was a symbol that she will have six descendants who will be blessed with six blessings each.
7. Ben Koziva ruled for two and a half years and claimed that he was Mashi'ach.
A BIT MORE
1. They said to them, "You have a G-d like this and yet you bowed down to a statue?"
2. However in the merit of Chananyah, Misha'el, and Azaryah the world was saved.
3. Rebbi Eliezer says they died from Ayin ha'Ra. Rebbi Yehoshua says they drowned. The Chachamim say they went to Eretz Yisrael, married and had children.
4. Hashem did not want people to think that Chananyah, Misha'el, and Azaryah were saved in the merit of Daniel. Daniel was regarded as an Avodah Zarah by Nevuchadnetzar. Daniel did not want to be a fulfillment of the Mitzvah to burn an Avodah Zarah. Nevuchadnetzar did not want people to say that he burned his own Avodah Zarah.
5. Although Chananyah, Misha'el, and Azaryah emerged from the fire completely unscathed, Yehoshua Kohen Gadol was punished because he did not protest when his children married women who were not appropriate for a Kohen.
6. The six descendants of Ruth were David, Mashi'ach, Daniel, Chananyah, Misha'el, and Azaryah.
7. The Rabanan said that it is written that Mashi'ach will judge with his sense of smell. When it became apparent that Ben Koziva did not have that ability, they killed him.
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