The Ascent to the Merkabah--

The Mystical Chariot that bears the Divine Throne


From Pirkei Heikhalot (translation based on that of D. Blumenthal and L. Grodner, in D. Blumenthal, Understanding Jewish Mysticism (New York: Ktav, 1978).

The First Palace

Rabbi Ishmael said:

When you come and stand at the gate of the first palace, take two seals, one in each hand:

  1. The seal of Tootrusea-YHVH Lord of Israel, and
  2. The Seal of Surya the Angel of the Presence.

To those who stand on the right, show the seal of

Choose the correct seal: