God is properly exhorted to remember his good qualities. There is even a tradition that God prays to himself: "May it be My will that My mercy may suppress My anger, and that My compassion may prevail over My other attributes." This tradition is borne out by the following story:
R. Ishmael the son of Elisha said: I once entered the innermost sanctuary to offer incense, and there I saw Akathriel¹ Jah Jahweh Zebaoth² seated upon a high and exalted throne. He said to me, Ishmael, my son, bless me! And I answered him: May it be Thy will that Thy mercy may suppress Thy anger, and that Thy compassion may prevail over Thy other attributes, so that Thou mayest deal with Thy children according to the attribute of mercy and stop short of the limit of strict justice! And He nodded to me with His head.³

¹ "Akathriel" is a made-up word consisting of ktr=kether (throne) and el, the name of God.
² A string of numinous God names, usually translated as "the Lord of Hosts".
³ Zera'im I, Berakoth 7 (Babylonian Talmud, trans. and ed. by Isidore Epstein, p. 30; slightly modified).


This passage (including footnotes) was prepared by Zwi Werblowsky, a rabbinical scholar, for Carl Jung's book Aion, wherein it appears at ¶110.


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