Parashat Pesach: What does the pagan festival Easter have to do with the Saving Power of His Blood?


In this week’s reading in preparation for HaMo’ed Pesach (Passover) we read from Shemot / Exodus 32:12-34:26.  This section begins with a conversation between Moshe and HaShem, Moshe pleaded for mercy for the Children of Yisrael and then asks to see God’s face.  The Lord replies by commanding Moshe to prepare two stone tablets like the previous ones he destroyed and then to obey His mitzvot (commands).  Within the list of commands, we find the command to observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Pesach (Passover) holiday.  While reading through the portion of scripture on the Pesach (Shemot / Exodus 34:18-22) it is interesting to read u’peter khamor tifdeh veseh v’im lo tifdev va’arafto …” meaning You shall redeem with a lamb the first offspring of a donkey and if you do not redeem it then you shall break its neck.”  Have you ever wondered what is the meaning of this command for the requirement to redeem the first born of a donkey and if this is not done its neck is to be broken?  Read More here.  and for additional reading: Why Passover

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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!