Parashat Behar: What is up with the Year of Jubilee?

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Parashat Behar is Hebrew for “on the mount” or “on the mountain,” it is the fifth
word, and the first distinctive word, in the parashah from the 32nd weekly Torah portion (parashah)
in the annual cycle of reading the Torah and the ninth parashah in the book of
Vayikra / Leviticus
.  In this week’s reading we find the mitzvah (command) when
entering the Promised Land to observe a year of Jubilee (Yovel).  The year of Jubilee begins with a
joyful shout with trumpets.  During this year, the land was to be fallow, not to be seeded
(25:1-12), all property was to revert back to its original
owner (25:13-28), all slaves were to be set free
(25:39-54), and all debts were to be released.  The
year of Jubilee is a very important festival but did you know there is no record in Scripture of the actual
observance of this festival?  There are however a few places in scripture that allude to the festival,
let’s look at a few of them this week.
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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!