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Parashat Ki Tisa (March 10, 2012)
by Rabbi Yael Shmilovitz

MOSES WANTS TO see God’s face.

He really wants to see God’s face.

“Please, let me see it,” he beseeches, ”let me see your Glory!” But it cannot be. “Man may not see Me and live,” replies God and, in an enormously compassionate gesture, instructs Moses to hide in the cleft of a rock, shielding him with his Godly hand as He passes by. God then removes his hand, allowing Moses to see his back.

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