Parashat Chayei Sarah, Taking the path God is leading us to take

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The reading for this week from Parashat Chayei Sarah (Bereshit / Genesis 23:1-25:18) can be outlined as follows, (i) Sarah Avraham’s wife dies and is buried (Bereshit 23:1-3), (ii) Avraham bargains for a piece of land from the sons of Heth to bury his wife (Bereshit 23:4-20), (iii) Avraham sends his servant to find a wife for Yitzchak (Isaac) (Bereshit 24:1-4), (iv) Avraham’s servant Eleazar meets Rebecca at the watering spring (Bereshit 24:11-21), (v) Avraham marries Keturah (Bereshit 25:1-6), and (vi) Abraham dies (Bereshit 25:7-8).  In this week’s portion we read how Avraham acted righteously before the people living in Eretz Yisrael, by acting honestly to purchase a piece of land in order to bury his wife.  We also read how Eleazar (אֱלִיעֶזֶר, note that we first read his name in Bereshit / Genesis 15:2) had great faith in the God of Abraham to help him in his task to find a wife for Yitzchak (Isaac).  The name אֱלִיעֶזֶר consists of two words, אֱלִי meaning “my God” and עֶזֶר meaning “helps.”  So Eleazar literally means “my God helps.”  Eleazar realized the importance of his name, the God of Abraham is awesome, mighty, and will help him in his task to find a wife for Yitzchak.  Therefore, Eleazar prays saying הִנֵּה אָנֹכִי נִצָּב עַל-עֵין הַמָּיִם וְהָיָה הָעַלְמָה הַיֹּצֵאת לִשְׁאֹב וְאָמַרְתִּי אֵלֶיהָ הַשְׁקִינִי-נָא מְעַט-מַיִם מִכַּדֵּךְ behold, I am standing by the spring, and may it be that the maiden who comes out to draw, and to whom I say, ‘Please let me drink a little water from your jar’;” in Bereshit / Genesis 24:43 As a result, God prepared the minds and lives of those involved for the selection of Yitzchak’s wife and allowed everything to occur in the proper order so that Eleazar would know that he had found God’s choice for a wife.  This happens today too, for those who trust and obey God.  The Lord prepares the way for each of us to do the tasks that He has for us to do for Him.  Eleazar fell back upon God’s promise in Bereshit 24:42 (מב   וָאָבֹא הַיּוֹם אֶל-הָעָיִן וָאֹמַר יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֵי אֲדֹנִי אַבְרָהָם אִם-יֶשְׁךָ-נָּא מַצְלִיחַ דַּרְכִּי אֲשֶׁר אָנֹכִי הֹלֵךְ עָלֶיהָ) let’s take this as an example for us, that we too need to remember God’s promises to us and be willing to take the path that He has set before us.  Read More here.

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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!