The Ascent of the Merkava

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. BlumenthalUnderstanding 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: