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|Torah and Photosynthesis: The blueprint of creation|
Both Torah and science describe the primary forces that interact continuously to create the material world. The first ten lines of Genesis describe the creation of the four elemental forces-fire, air, water, and earth, the constituents of all inorganic and organic matter. These elements come into existence from the breath of G-d, through His ten Utterances of Genesis, composed of the twenty two letters of the Hebrew alphabet. According to the science of ecology, the primary forces of nature that determine the abundance and distribution of life are the sun and the energy it provides, wind currents, the hydrological cycle, and soil. These systems can be understood as the macrocosmic expressions of air, fire, water, and earth. Aspects of each of them interact in the carbon cycle, the dual processes of photosynthesis and respiration. The reactants of photosynthesis are carbon dioxide, water, and sunlight, in the presence of chlorophyll. The total number of protons in a single molecule of water is ten and in carbon dioxide, twenty-two. These numbers correlate with the number of Utterances and the Hebrew letters that create and maintain the world. A further numerical correlation is in the number of basic units-the Torah has fifty-four weekly portions; the complete formula for photosynthesis has fifty-four atoms.