Jewish Mysticism
“Your right hand, O Lord, glorious in power” (Exod. 15- 6). R. Simeon said- When the morning shines and the doe rises, she is filled from every side, and she enters hundreds of palaces of the King. When the north wind stirs and the desire of the doe is to be aroused in the world, the one who at midnight is involved in [the study of] Torah comes with her before the King. When the morning shines the thread of mercy is drawn upon him. He looks heavenward and the light of understanding of the holy gnosis rests upon him, and he is crowned by it, and everyone is afraid of him. At that point that person is called a son of the Holy One, blessed be He, a son of the palace of the King. He enters all the [heavenly] gates and no one obstructs him. When he calls to the palace of the King, concerning him it is written, “The Lord is near to all who call Him, to all who call Him in truth” (Ps. 145-18). What is truth? As it has been established, “You will give truth to Jacob” (Micah 7-20), for he knows how to unify the holy name in his prayer as is appropriate. And this is the worship of the Holy King.

Translated by Elliot Wolfson in “Forms of Visionary Ascent and Ecstatic Experience,” in Gershom Scholem’s Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism 50 Years After 209-235. Edited by J. Dan and P. Schafer, Tubingen- J. C. B. Mohr, 1993.