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The Book of Daniel is the story of the People of Israel in exile, longing to return to the land of Israel. Much of the book is even written in Aramaic, the language that was spoken in Babylonia during the seventy years of exile following the destruction of the First Temple.
The Book of Daniel tells of the dangers, both physical and spiritual, encountered in the exile in foreign lands. Throughout the book, various attempts are made to sever the Jews’ connection with their God and their land.
Chananya, Mishael and Azarya are thrown into a furnace when they refuse to worship Nebuchadnezzar’s idol. Daniel is thrown into a lions’ den when he continues to pray to Hashem in violation of the king’s decree.
These righteous leaders are saved miraculously each time, showing the Jews that God has not abandoned them. This reassures the Jewish people that they are still connected to Hashem despite the exile, and that they will one day return to Eretz Yisrael as He promised.
Throughout history, the people of Israel have been persecuted in foreign lands. If you want to understand Jewish survival in exile and the ultimate redemption, you want to read the Book of Daniel.