Parashat Kedoshim, The First Fruits of Death and the Zavakh Shilamim (Peace Offering).


In this week’s Parashat, Parashat Kedoshim (
Vayikra / Leviticus 19:1-20:27
), within the first eight verses of the Parashat we
find that the Lord commands (i) to be holy because He is Holy, (ii) to respect our parents and keep
God’s Shabbats (Sabbaths), (iii) to not turn to idols or make graven gods, and (iv) to make a
Zavakh Shilamim (Peace Offering) in order to be accepted.  Within the command to bring the Zavakh
Shilamim it is written that on the third day the offering it is not to be eaten.  The text says
“v’im heachol yeachel bayom hashlelshi pigul hu lo yeratseh”
meaning “if it is eaten on the third day, it is an offense
and it will not be accepted”
according to the NASB.  The Hebrew text says “if
it is eaten on the third day, ‘he’ is pigul, an abomination; ‘he’ will not be
accepted.  Note that the pronoun “hu” (he) can refer to person or thing.  Here the
offering of the Zavakh Shilamim, will not be accepted and it will be considered an abomination before God
if eaten on the third day.  Have you ever wondered why God considers the third day the point at which
the Zavakh Shilamim becomes a pigul (abomination)? 
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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!