Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Vayeshev, Choose Righteousness, do not Forget the Lord in Your Prosperity!


In this weeks reading from Parashat Vayeshev (Bereshit / Genesis 37:1-40:23) we learn that Jacob loved Joseph more than his brothers (37:3, וְיִשְֹרָאֵל אָהַב אֶת-יוֹסֵף מִכָּל-בָּנָיו).  Joseph had a dream about his future (37:5-10) as a result his brothers become jealous (37:11).  As the narrative continues, Joseph’s brothers plot murder in their hearts (37:18-22) and sell him into slavery to Ishmaelites (37:27-29).  Joseph is sold to Potiphar in Egypt where he chooses righteousness (וּצְדָקָה) and God prospers him.  He is falsely accused by Potiphar’s wife and then placed in jail (39:1-20).  Throughout the days of Joseph’s life he walked in righteousness (וּצְדָקָה) and in justice (מִשְׁפָּט) before the Lord, more so than his brothers.  Even though Joseph chose to walk in righteousness, trials come, and the Lord shows us how He prepared Joseph in the midst of trouble.  This week we are told that Yoseph was given the gift to interpret dreams and this gift was given to be used to help others.  When in prison, he helped the baker and the cupbearer to know the meaning of their dreams.  One was restored to his former office, and the other would die.  We read the concluding verses in Parashat Vayeshev stating that the interpretation that God had given Joseph came to pass exactly as Joseph had interpreted them.  Read more here:  BTT_Parashat Vayeshev-2012

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Dr. Duane D. Miller received his Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. Degree in Chemical Engineering from The University of Akron Ohio. He is currently a Chemical Engineering Researcher. Duane’s research expertise has focused upon functional materials development for the control, conversion, and release of process gases in Energy production technologies. His R&D interests include computational chemistry, developing novel technologies for converting biomass to fuels and studying their fundamental interactions during the chemical conversion process. His past experience includes sorbent development for pre- and post-combustion CO2 and SO2 capture, selective absorption of H2S from methane streams, O2 capture for oxy-fuel combustion, photocatalytic reduction of alcohols, NOx reduction catalysis, the development of oxygen carriers to combust fossil fuels (CH4 and coal) for the chemical looping combustion processes, and the extraction of rare earth elements using patent pending sorbents. His research expertise has focused on operando-characterization using Infrared, Raman, and UV-Vis spectroscopy to observe the nature of the catalytic active sites and reaction intermediates under realistic reaction conditions, allowing direct correlation of molecular/electronic structures with catalyst performance during Gas-Solid / Liquid-Solid Adsorption and Photocatalytic Processes with real time online analysis of reaction products using ICP-MS and mass spectrometry. His current work involves a multi-disciplinary approach to developing, understanding, and improving the catalytic gasification of coal and methane, high temperature chemical looping combustion, and the catalytic decomposition and gasification of biomass and coal using novel microwave reactor.​ He has been studying the Hebrew Scriptures and the Torah for 20+ years and sharing what he has learned. The studies developed for MATSATI.COM are freely to be used by everyone, to God be the Glory!