In Exodus 33-34, Moses asks to behold God’s presence, literally, “to see God’s face.” God responds that Moses can see God’s “back” only, because no one can behold God face-to-face and live. Moses then ascends Mount Sinai alone, stands in a cleft of a rock and receives a revelation of God’s thirteen divine attributes. Rabbi Jeff Roth has written a guided meditation based on Moses’ “Peak Experience,” which is found in his book Jewish Meditation Practices for Everyday Life: Awakening Your Heart, Connecting with God (Jewish Lights Publishing), pages 132-133. With his permission, I have recorded it here. His instruction in the book is to sit quietly for half an hour before beginning the guided imagery.

Featured Image: View from Mount Sinai at Dawn via Flickr


Join me on a peak experience in Jerusalem, or return to the Gateway of Mountains.