I recently ran across a reference to the angel named "Immanuel" or "Emmanuel" ... it reads: Emmanuel ("God with us")-the angel in the fiery furnace who appeared beside Sidras, Misac, and Abednego. "..." In the cabala, Emmanuel is a sefira of Malkuth (the Kingdom) in the Briatic world. [Rf: Ambelain, La Kabbale Pratiqtre.]

Question 1. What is the Jewish / Torah source for the proposition that this angel is the one that saved Daniel's friends from the furnace?

Question 2: Is Ambelain, La Kabbale Pratique, an accepted Jewish source? if not, is there one that states this proposition stated here?

Thank you.

Note: the story of the three friends of Daniel in the furnace and them being saved by a fourth, who is an Angel is found in Daniel 3. Link: https://www.chabad.org/library/bible_cdo/aid/16486/showrashi/true/jewish/Chapter-3.htm

Who is this angel?

  • The angel is not named in any of the commentaries or midrashim. It is just called one of the malachei hashareis, one of the administering angels.
    – Dov
    Oct 11, 2021 at 8:21
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    Immanuel from the time of Isaiah is mentioned in Shemot Rabbah 18:5, a section which prior said that Gabriel was the angel that saved the three from the furnace. Other than that, I don't think there's any connection. He's not mentioned as an angel in Rabbi Dr. Reuven Margolies's book on angels mentioned in Chazalic literature.
    – Harel13
    Oct 15, 2021 at 7:51

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Ambelain is definitely not an accepted Jewish source. He doesn't seem to have been Jewish at all, and had Christian ordination, according to Wikipedia. As a general rule, no traditional Kabbalistic source would write a book of practical Kabbala for the masses, as actual practicing of Kabbala is understood to be extremely dangerous.

  • Jewish magic/mysticism became a topic of great interest for Christians during the Renaissance. A “trend” if you will. See here.
    – ezra
    Oct 15, 2021 at 7:31

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