“The Plan”

Vermont Hills, November, by Willard Metcalf, 1923

Moses first encounters God as a fire burning in a bush that the fire’s flames do not consume (Exodus, Chapter 3). He also hears God’s voice coming from the bush, or so it seems. In Chapter 3 of Exodus, Moses is hesitant, perhaps fearful, to view the phenomenon directly. I can’t blame him. But by Chapter 33, Moses longs for and requests a complete frontal disclosure of Divinity’s “face,” of God’s character, of the nature of the Being with whom he has been conversing.

God denies Moses’ request and gives him a compelling reason. God tells Moses:

“No one shall see me and live.”

—Exod. 33:20 (NRSV)

What do you think? Would you, if you could, want to see God’s face, whatever that means, in this lifetime and, of course, remain living after the encounter? In my story “The Plan,” Derek Adler, a gifted student of the late Professor Johannes König, Distinguished Professor of Theology at the University of Tübingbruck, is obsessed with seeing God’s face. And what’s more, Derek has a plan about how to do it.

Many thanks to The Dillydoun Review’s founder and editor-in-chief, Amy Burns, and TDR Editorial Team for reading, selecting, and so beautifully publishing the “The Plan.” You can read the story here.

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All the best,

Author: Gershon Ben-Avraham

Gershon Ben-Avraham is an American-Israeli writer. He lives in Beersheba, Israel, on the edge of the Negev Desert. He and his wife share their lives with a gentle blue-merle long-haired collie. Ben-Avraham earned an MA in Philosophy (Aesthetics) from Temple University. His short story, “Yoineh Bodek,” (Image) received “Special Mention” in the Pushcart Prize XLlV: Best of the Small Presses 2020 Edition. Kelsay Books published his chapbook “God’s Memory” in 2021. חב"ד‎

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