Parashat Miketz, Remaining Faithful.


Parashat Miketz meaning “at the end” is the second word and the first distinctive word of the Parashah of the
tenth weekly Torah portion in the annual cycle of the Torah reading.  The Triennial Cycle portion,
Bereshit / Genesis 41:1-52, we find Yoseph (Joseph) is still in jail for a falsely
accused crime and God has given Pharaoh two dreams of future events that are about to occur.  We read:
Bereshit / Genesis 41:15 Pharaoh said to Joseph, ‘I have had a dream, but no one can
interpret it; and I have heard it said about you, that when you hear a dream you can interpret it.’  41:16 Joseph
then answered Pharaoh, saying, ‘It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer.’ (NASB) 

This is the turning point in the narrative where God gives Yoseph the interpretation to Pharaoh’s dreams and lifts Yoseph
up out of prison and sets him in a powerful position over all of Egypt.  Yoseph’s response to Pharaoh is suggestive
that in the midst of all the troubles he had been put through, he still remained faithful to the God of his father’s Avraham,
Yitzchak (Isaac), and Yaakov (Yisrael/Jacob).
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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!