Parshat Ki Sisa – כי תשא
The Cosmic Man – What Moses Saw
וְרָאִיתָ אֶת אֲחֹרָי וּפָנַי לֹא יֵרָאוּ
You will see My Back (Existence)
but My Face (Essence) can never be seen
An interpretation by Yael Avi-Yonah OBM
of the highest prophetic vision of Moses,
when he “saw”
the dalet shaped knot of God’s tefillin,
which encircles the cosmic man image.
Within the visage
is a simulation of our galaxy
with a “black hole” in the middle,
from the phrase of the Psalms (18:12):
יָשֶׁת חֹשֶׁךְ סִתְרוֹ
The darkness carries His Secret
The Fiery Face of Moses
וְהִנֵּה קָרַן עוֹר פָּנָיו וַיִּירְאוּ מִגֶּשֶׁת אֵלָיו
After Moses descended from Sinai
his face was luminous
with a brilliant light and
everyone was afraid to approach him.
Hence the injunction
that one should learn Torah only
from a teacher
whose face is like a fiery angel.
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