I do not believe it possible for a living human to "see" the Divine Presence and live. I believe all living humans can know the Divine in direct encounters, but it isn't a corporeal entity.
Being witness to the presence of God was also a collective experience for every single individual who were gathered together at Mt. Sinai. Standing at the base of Sinai, the entire covenant nation of Israel trembled in fear upon hearing the voice of God. Deuteronomy relates "Did ever a people hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as you have heard, and live?"
There is a paradox in the human encounter with the Divine, the Absolute. We are dependent in our religion upon the encounter, but we may be wholly consumed by the unimaginable essence of the Almighty. God helps to resolve this paradox in the manner of the act of revelation, and for the Jew who believes in the Torah and it's teaching of direct encounter without intermediary, this is bound up also in our very purpose and choice to be a part of the eternal covenant of Torah. We are a nation striving to holiness and we connect to God through our acts of living to perfect the Creation.
Not only is it heresy for the Jewish people to consider that God would violate the Torah we believe given BY God, but it is actually blasphemy to call a human a deity for a Jew.
Blasphemy is expressing disrespect for God and for things holy. That's the dictionary definition of that word.. Believing Jews, meaning anyone whose faith in God is through Judaism and it's teachings from the Hebrew Bible, and anyone who recognizes that it is the laws of a religion that define the concepts of belief OF that religion recognize worship of a man as a deity as blasphemy in Judaism. Other religions have their own laws and precepts, so that for them, such worship is not forbidden to them. But remember, you asked about the Hebrew Bible here.
According to the direct commandments written in the Torah that are directly from God to the eternal covenant nation people, it is forbidden to worship anything on earth or in heaven other than God. In the Torah, God's nature is told to be an incorporeal, indivisible one. Combine those with the repeated statements from God that God does not become a man and the condemnation of men becoming deities and men worshipping men as deity..and commandments for Israel to eschew the belief practices of the surrounding polytheistic nations to set themselves apart as a people dedicated to God alone, a people striving to righteousness and justice, and there you have it
Just as it is blasphemy to the Christian religion for someone to claim that Jesus wasn't a savior deity who pardons sin, it is blasphemy to the religion of Judaism to say that he or any other human was ever or will ever be a deity and has the capacity of a deity to grant atonement.
Torah NEVER indicates that God is exclusive to the Jews or meriting blessing is exclusive to the Jews. Gentiles are shown directly connecting to God in the Tanakh in many narratives. Torah commands that the Jew is exclusive to God. The notion that repentance and atonement and direct connection to God were not available to the Gentile is foreign to Torah. See the difference?
Christian belief is that God takes on human form.
The Jewish religion does not believe this because the Torah commands the covenant nation, Klal Yisrael, explicitly not to do that.
This is an irreconcilable difference between the two religions.
Different religions have different beliefs.
When Moses spoke to God, "face to face", this didn't mean he saw a human face on God, this referred to the fact that the presence of the Almighty was before Moses.
If we believe that God is the Creator of the Universe and all that exists within it, and if we believe God is an entity who has a relationship with the Creation, then it would follow that God wills that the creation be ongoing. How best to honor the creation than to be a part of it? As long as life and the universe exist, creation is ongoing.
Judaism teaches us that it is how we live and interact with one another that opens us up to the awareness and direct connection to the Divine. For many people, it appears to be a slow process of growth into an awareness of our connection to God, rather than some kind of overwhelming divine revelatory moment.
Judaism is a path of LIVING and honoring this life God gave us and the lives that come after us while we build on the wisdom of those who came before us.
I think that was part of the hard lesson of coming out of slavery from Egypt. The bonds of idolatry and superstition that enslaved the mind were broken when Israel came to the recognition that all those man/gods and animal gods were powerless over this life. It wasn't only deliverance from physical bondage that is told about at Passover, but the deliverance for each generation when we remember of the kind of enslavement that focusing on concern for another world than this one is made priority.
Judaism is a world-affirming, not world-denying faith. We use the gifts and blessings we have in this world to make it better for ourselves, for our families and for the rest of the world.
It is in this striving and living that I encounter God.
God is omnipotent. If God CAN do anything, the question can God take a physical form is moot. The question should be WOULD God lie about the very nature of his being and what he would or would not do?
Believing Jews choose to believe that God told the truth in the Torah to us.
The Torah states God does not become a man. The Torah forbids Jews to worship anything on earth or in heaven other than God. The Jewish religion's laws forbid worship of any human. The Torah and Tanakh repeatedly states God does not become a man and the notion of men as deities is condemned in several lengthy narratives.
Why? Because every surrounding nation was idolatrous and worshipped deities who were represented on earth in human form through their kings. Often the killing and sacrifice of their god/man ruler atoned for the sins of his people. Those widespread beliefs and practices continued for thousands and thousands of years among many peoples.
The eternal covenant people, Israel, the Jewish people are to be set apart from those pagan and idolatrous practices. For a believing Jew to worship a human being is considered idolatry and pagan.
The story of the deliverance from Egypt in the book of Exodus, the Passover that Jews memorialize each year has an unmistakable lesson teaching about the rejection of the notion of a man as a deity.
Perhaps you can attend a community seder this week in your community to hear the retelling of the story of Passover.
Lastly, here are just a few portions of the Hebrew Bible that tell the Jewish people, God is not and does not become a man
Numbers 23:19 God is not a man that He should lie, nor is He a mortal that He should repent. Would He say and not do, speak and not fulfill?
Hosea 11:9 I will not execute the fierceness of my anger.
I will not return to destroy Ephraim:
for I am God, and not man; the Holy One in the midst of you;
and I will not come in wrath.
Samuel 15:29. And also, the Strength of Israel will neither lie nor repent, for He is not a man to repent."
Also, God tells us he does not change: Malachi
He is not a man, like me, that I can answer him, that we can go to law together. No arbiter is between us, to lay his hand on us both. (Job 9:32-33)
Will you still say, “I am a god” before your slayers, when you are proved a man, not a god, at the hands of those who strike you down? (Ezekiel 28:9)
For your own sake, therefore, be most careful – since you saw no shape when the Lord your G-d spoke to you at Horeb out of the fire. (Hosea 4:15)
For I am the Lord, I change not. (Malachi 3:6)