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I am that I am

In Religion, Travel on April 13, 2011 at 5:07 am

“I am that I am.”


“I shall be what I shall be.”

I started a book called Biblical Literacy, restarted, I should say. It was presented to me by one of my Papa’s friends upon my Bat-Mitzvah. I didn’t think much of it then. Flipped a page, deposited it on a shelf. But in a month I go to Israel. Time to refresh.

Curled around the cover as the sky turned deep blue, this afternoon I read these words. God spoke them to Moses, the reluctant hero who sought not to lead the exodus from Egypt. This was Moses’ second objection:

“What am I to tell when they ask who sent me? What is the name?”

And God replied, “Ehyeh-asher-Ehyeh”. I shall be what I shall be. I am that I am.

Tonight, a quiet night.  God’s name, God’s voice.  The sentence, “it is beautiful,” quickly fades. Like the way our voices, breaths, and instruments go from sound to silence.  How is it beautiful? How am I refreshed, angered, confused, or made glad by that which shall be what shall be? I cannot add those thoughts, nor this line.

I am that I am


I shall be what I shall be

I wish you all a sweet night.