Does God need to be Reminded?


Reading through Parashat Ki-Tisa we find the story of Chet Ha’Egel (the sin of the golden calf). After Moshe had spent 40 days on the mountain of Sinai, the children of Israel began to doubt whether he was coming back and asked Aaron to make for them a molten calf to be their god (see Shmot / Exodus 32:1). After this event, the Lord tells Moshe to get down to the people for they have corrupted themselves. The Lord further says he wants to consume them, meaning to destroy them for the sin they have committed. Reading through Parashat Ki-Tisa and the story of Chet Ha’Egel, it appears God needs reminding of his covenantal relationship with His people. Do you think God forgets and needs to be reminded or is there a deeper spiritual meaning which can be learned and applied to our lives? Read more

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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!