Parashat Vayechi, Love, Praise, Worship, and Passion for God


In this week’s Parashah, Parashat Vayechi, Yisrael (Yaakov/Jacob) is dying and Yoseph (Joseph) brings
his two children to Yisrael so that he could bless them before he dies.  In the narrative Yisrael
adopts Yoseph’s children as his own (48:5). This is
the source verse for the origins of the half tribe of Manasseh and the half tribe of Ephraim that are
mentioned later on in the Torah.  Yisrael also mentions that his wife Rachel died while he was traveling
to Ephrat (Bethlehem).  I find it interesting that he mentions Ephrat as the destination of his journey
in the land of Canaan.  Ephratah means fruitful in Hebrew.  Ephratah was the second wife of Caleb,
the son of Hezron, mother of Hur; Caleb was one of the men sent to spy out the land
(1 Chronicles 2:19 and 2:50).
Ephratah was the ancient name of Bethlehem in Judah according to Bereshit / Genesis 35:16, 35:19, and 48:7.
In Ruth 1:2 the town is called “Bethlehem-Judah,” whose inhabitants
were called Ephrathites in
Micah 5:2
The city was also called Bethlehem-Ephratah
in Matthew 2:6, Bethlehem in the
land of Judah
In Tehilim / Psalms 132:6 it is mentioned
as the place where David spent his youth, and where he heard the Torah and the Ark of the Covenant he saw at
Kirjath-jearim in 1 Samuel 7:1 and
2 Samuel 6:3-4
.  Ephrat (Bethlehem) is an important city throughout the history of Yisrael
and to God.
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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!