27 April 2016

All Life Begins With a Bright Flash of Light

Creation of the World (Ohr HaGanuz) and 
Creation of New Life of a Baby (Neshoma)

Human life begins in bright flash of light as a sperm meets an egg, scientists have shown for the first time, after capturing the astonishing ‘fireworks’ on film.

An explosion of tiny sparks 
erupts from the egg 
at the exact moment of conception.

Eggs flash as they meet sperm enzyme, capturing the moment that life begins CREDIT: NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY

Telegraph:  Scientists had seen the phenomenon occur in other animals but it is the first time is has been also shown to happen in humans.

“To see the zinc radiate out in a burst 
from each human egg was breathtaking.”
Professor Teresa Woodruff, Northwestern University

Not only is it an incredible spectacle, highlighting the very moment that a new life begins, the size of the flash can be used to determine the quality of the fertilised egg.

Researchers from Northwestern University, in Chicago, noticed that some of the eggs burn brighter than others, showing that they are more likely to produce a healthy baby.

The bright flash occurs because when sperm enters and egg it triggers calcium to increase which releases zinc from the egg. As the zinc shoots out, it binds to small molecules which emit a fluorescence which can be picked up my camera microscopes.

Over the last six years this team has shown that zinc controls the decision to grow and change into a completely new genetic organism.


Light Burst

God saw that the light was good, 
and God separated 
between the light and the darkness. (Bereishis 1:4)

[T]he hiding of the Original Light was more sophisticated [...] as the Leshem explains:

He made a separation in the illumination of the light, that it should not flow or give off light except for the righteous, whose actions draw it down and make it shine. However, the actions of the evil block it, leaving them in darkness, and this itself was the hiding of the light. (Sefer HaKlallim, Klal 18, Anaf 8, Os 4). So, yes, the Ohr HaGanuz was hidden on the first day of Creation.

Rabbi Pinchas Winston Shlit"a in Parshas Vayigash

1 comment:

Myrtle Rising said...

This is so beautiful and inspiring.
Thanks for posting it.