Mr. Mordechai Olesky

Photosynthesis: G-d’s Gift for Sustaining Life

Judaism attributes the source of our sustenance to G-d; science attributes our sustenance to the process of photosynthesis.

The seemingly different explanations are resolved by understanding Torah as the blueprint of physical Creation.

The numerical values (gematria) of the combinations of written or oral expressions of the names of the Creator — Havaya, Adnay, and Elokim, correlate with the quantities of components in the reactants of photosynthesis, 12 molecules of carbon dioxide and 6 of water. There is also a numerical correlation with the quantity of atoms in the catalyst, chlorophyll.

The numerical value of the sum of the composites of letters in the name Adnay (98) with its vowels (52), plus the sum of the values of the composites of the letters in the Name Havaya (56) with its vowels (46), are equal to the total sum of protons (252) in 6CO2 + 12H2O.

The sum of the numerical values of the letters in the Name Havaya (26) with its vowels (46), plus the sum of the values of the letters in the name Elokim (86) with its vowels (70), are equal to the total sum of neutrons (228) in 6CO2 + 12H2O.

The numerical value of the name Adnay (65) with its vowels (52), plus the value of the name Elokim (86) with its vowels (70), are equal to the total sum of atoms (273) in the catalysts Chlorophyll a (C55H72MgN4O5) plus Chlorophyll b (C55H70MgN4O6).

The sum of the numerical values of the expansion of the name Havaya (45), that is, the values of the verbalized expressions of the letters Yud Kay Vav Kay, are equal to the total sum of quarks in the protons of a single atom of each of the three elements that comprise the reactants, C (18), H (3), plus O (24),

G-d’s Names reside within the components of photosynthesis. We recognize G-d as the Creator and Source of our sustenance when reciting blessings on food before and after eating. By utilizing that nourishment to learn Torah and perform mitzvot we build a dwelling place for G-dliness.