Thursday, April 17, 2008

Green house gases and leavened bread

I would like to point out (I mention it in The Holistic Haggadah, but did not realize the significance of it at the time) that the act of fermentation that produces Chameitz (leavening) releases carbon dioxide. It is this release of gas that causes the swelling and web-like structure of bread. So that Chameitz is not only swollen and out of proportion to its true self, it is also formed by a gas that is proving deadly to the whole planet. What does that say about our ego attachment to progress through the burning of oil?
Michael Kagan

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