And what mortal person is it who is able

To ascend on high,

To ride on wheels,

To descend below,

To search out the inhabited world,

To walk on dry land,

To gaze at His splendor,

To dwell with His crown,

To be transformed by His glory,

To recite praise,

To combine letters,

To recite their names,

To have a vision of what is above,

To have a vision of what is below,

To know the explanation of the living,

And to see the vision of the dead,

To walk in rivers of fire,

And to know the lightening?

And who is able to explain it,

And who is able to see it?



                 —Hekhalot Zutarti (349-350)