Parashat Re’eh, Hearing the Voice of the Lord and Devoting our Lives to Him

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In this week’s reading from Parashat Re’eh (Devarim / Deuteronomy 11-26-12:28) Moshe says רְאֵה אָנֹכִי נֹתֵן לִפְנֵיכֶם הַיּוֹם בְּרָכָה וּקְלָלָה: meaning See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse.”  Moshe says the blessing comes if we listen and obey.”  The curse comes by those who turn aside from the way God has commanded.  Moshe then says when the Lord brings you into the land, place the blessing (הַבְּרָכָה) on mount Gerizim and the curse (הַקְּלָלָה) on mount Ebal.  Mount Gerizim and Ebal are two mountains in the vicinity of the West Bank city of Nablus (in Hebrew known as Shechem).  These form the southern side of the valley in which Nablus is situated on the north side.  This mountain is one of the highest peaks in the West Bank and is the highest peak in all of Yisrael.  The blessing and the curse here represents those who remain “within” the covenant (הַבְּרָכָה on Gerizim) with God and those who remain “outside” of the covenant (הַקְּלָלָה on Ebal).  Those inside the covenant live inside of the Promised Land and enjoy the blessing and protection of God.  Those outside have no part in God’s promises.  Remaining within the covenant is emphasized as Moshe continues to speak to the people stating כִּי אִם-אֶל-הַמָּקוֹם אֲשֶׁר-יִבְחַר יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם מִכָּל-שִׁבְטֵיכֶם לָשֹוּם אֶת-שְׁמוֹ שָׁם לְשִׁכְנוֹ תִדְרְשׁוּ וּבָאתָ שָּׁמָּה: five times saying that 12:5 ‘But you shall seek the LORD at the place which the Lord your God will choose from all your tribes, to establish His name there for His dwelling, and there you shall come. (NASB)  (See Devarim 12:5, 11, 14, 18, 21).  According to these scriptures, God revealed himself through Yisrael in order to make His Name known to the World.  Today, as we worship, pray, and glorify God each day, do we allow the Lord to establish within us a place where He can make His Name known?   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!