While Jews are Jewing, what is G doing. While Jews are Jewing G is G-ding. G gave instructions for us to build outward manifestations of our relationship with G, the Tent of Sacred Meeting and then the House of Holiness, the Temple. G also taught Moshe the powerful lessons of the relationship between G-ding and Jewing. Most translators/interpreters talk of the story of Moshe wanting to see G’s face. Oh you two leggeds and how you try to make G over in your image. G has no face no physical form, to think so is purer Nefesh Behamyah, ego. I know this for I am the sacred Mateh, the staff made from the Tree of LIfe and I was there, Moshe was leaning on me as he spoke with G and I was there when he made his shocking request.
The story is in Ki Tisa, the part that goes from Exodus 34:18 through verse 23.
יח וַיֹּאמַר: הַרְאֵנִי נָא, אֶת-כְּבֹדֶךָ.
18 And he said: ‘Show me, I pray Thee, Thy glory.’
יט וַיֹּאמֶר, אֲנִי אַעֲבִיר כָּל-טוּבִי עַל-פָּנֶיךָ, וְקָרָאתִי בְשֵׁם יְהוָה, לְפָנֶיךָ; וְחַנֹּתִי אֶת-אֲשֶׁר אָחֹן, וְרִחַמְתִּי אֶת-אֲשֶׁר אֲרַחֵם.
19 And He said: ‘I will make all My goodness pass before thee, and will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy.’
כ וַיֹּאמֶר, לֹא תוּכַל לִרְאֹת אֶת-פָּנָי: כִּי לֹא-יִרְאַנִי הָאָדָם, וָחָי.
20 And He said: ‘Thou canst not see My face, for man shall not see Me and live.’
כא וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָה, הִנֵּה מָקוֹם אִתִּי; וְנִצַּבְתָּ, עַל-הַצּוּר.
21 And the LORD said: ‘Behold, there is a place by Me, and thou shalt stand upon the rock.
כב וְהָיָה בַּעֲבֹר כְּבֹדִי, וְשַׂמְתִּיךָ בְּנִקְרַת הַצּוּר; וְשַׂכֹּתִי כַפִּי עָלֶיךָ, עַד-עָבְרִי.
22 And it shall come to pass, while My glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a cleft of the rock, and will cover thee with My hand until I have passed by.
כג וַהֲסִרֹתִי, אֶת-כַּפִּי, וְרָאִיתָ, אֶת-אֲחֹרָי; וּפָנַי, לֹא יֵרָאוּ.
23 And I will take away My hand, and thou shalt see My back; but My face shall not be seen.’
Here is my explanation of what occurred, and remember, I was there. Moshe asked to ‘see’ that is understand the weighty presence of G. Moshe was asking to ‘see’ into the depths of G.
How did G respond to this request? G granted Moshe’s request and also denied it. G told Moshe that 2 things would happen. All the goodness that flows from G would be ‘seen’ in Moshe’s heart/mind and Moshe would ‘hear’ in his soul the very Name of G. When we know someone’s private personal name, we know something of the depth of that person. How much the more so when we speak of G. And since G’s name implies not just eternity, but the emanation of G into eternity, this is not small knowledge.
But G also was clear that a soul that is wrapped in the limitations of a body cannot not truly understand the ‘essence’ of G. The Hebrew word is פני and many have translated it as “G’s face”. How silly of them. The word has so many meanings. In this case a better, deeper meaning is G’s innermost essence, that which is hidden from the bodily senses. It can even mean the emptiness that is the core of oneness. “Face” allows us to peer into the manifestations. “The innermost emptiness” opens the door to the mystery.
Then G showed Moshe an opening in the rocks, a place chiseled out for him to be cushioned safely from the shock blast of what would occur. I could barely fit in with Moshe, but we squeezed into that ‘cleft’. G added a filter through which Moshe could sense all that G caused to pass through him. As I was there with him, I felt what Moshe felt and I have to say it was the most intense awareness that has ever come over me. I could not begin to put it into words. It seemed as if all time and space and all that was good in potential was passing through us. And then the filter was lifted and we saw the spirit path of the two leggeds and how there was an interface between all that has happened in the universe and more particularly on this planet. It was so clear that if you two-leggeds would flow in harmony with the life force that exists in all things, animals, humans, trees and vegetation, the 4 (or more) leggeds, the 2 leggeds and the 1 leggeds (like the Tree of Life of which I am a part), you 2 leggeds would bring about a heaven on earth. This whole planet would be a Garden of Eden.
After that experience, as is hinted in Torah in chapter 34: 33-35, Moshe was filled with a deeper awe and awareness. One could see it in his eyes, feel it in his presence. It was so powerful that he had to veil his depth before the people. No he did not wear a real veil. But he did veil his inner self, for it was too intense for most people to handle. Only when he would be alone with G, and of course me, did he unveil himself in prayer and meditation. And to this day, all the 2 leggeds who follow the Torah path of prayer and study and meditation, the Mitzvah path, can have a ‘taste’ of what Moshe experienced.