Parashat Toldot, God has a plan for you

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This week’s reading from Parashat Toldot (Bereshit / Genesis 25:19-28:9) can be summarized as (i) the struggle between Yaakov and Esav within Rebecca’s womb (25:21-23), (ii) Esav became a skilled hunter and Yaakov dwelled in tents (25:27-28) Yitzchak loved Esav and Rebecca loved Yaakov, (iii) Esav sold his birthright for a bowl of soup (25:29-34), Yitzchak and Avimelech king of the Philistines interact, Yitzchak tells Avimelech that his wife is his sister (26:1-11), (iv) Abimelech, Ahuzzath, and Phicol make a covenant with Yitzchak (26:26-31), (v) Yaakov steals Esav’s blessing (27:1-41), (vi) Yaakov flees to Haran (27:42-28:6), and (vii) Esav takes a wife from the daughters of Canaan (28:7-9).  Before Yaakov and Esav were born they struggled together כב   וַיִּתְרֹצֲצוּ הַבָּנִים בְּקִרְבָּהּ וַתֹּאמֶר אִם-כֵּן לָמָּה זֶּה אָנֹכִי וַתֵּלֶךְ לִדְרשׁ אֶת-יְהוָֹה: כג   וַיֹּאמֶר יְהֹוָה לָהּ שְׁנֵי גֹייִם [גוֹיִם] בְּבִטְנֵךְ וּשְׁנֵי לְאֻמִּים מִמֵּעַיִךְ יִפָּרֵדוּ וּלְאֹם מִלְאֹם יֶאֱמָץ וְרַב יַעֲבֹד צָעִיר: 25:22 But the children struggled together within her; and she said, ‘If it is so, why then am I this way?  So she went to inquire of the Lord.  25:23 The Lord said to her, ‘Two nations are in your womb; And two peoples will be separated from your body; And one people shall be stronger than the other; And the older shall serve the younger.’ (NASB)  The struggle between these two brothers, as the scripture says is between two nations (שְׁנֵי גֹייִם), as we study this week’s Parashah, it becomes apparent that this struggle is related to the one that walks by faith and the other that despises God’s ways.  We learn that the one who despises God and His the promise of Avraham is Esav in his willingness to sell his birthright and marry from the daughters of Canaan Bereshit / Genesis 25:32 (וַיֹּאמֶר עֵשָֹו הִנֵּה אָנֹכִי הוֹלֵךְ לָמוּת וְלָמָּה-זֶּה לִי בְּכֹרָה) 25:32 Esau said, ‘Behold, I am about to die; so of what use then is the birthright to me?’   Yaakov on the other hand loved the promises of God and did everything he could to inherit what God had promised to his fathers.  Ask yourself this question “Have I done everything that I can in my relationship with the Lord?” 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!