“May it be Your will that Your compassion conquer Your wrath;
and Your compassion override Your inclinations;
and You behave towards Your children with the attribute of compassion;
and You go beyond the letter of the law for them.”
Talmud Bavli, Berakhot 7a
Can you imagine? The deity asks man for a blessing. How does one bless the deity?
This vision of Rabbi Ishmael Ben Elisha occurred when he entered the inner sanctum to offer the incense. That inner sanctum was the chimney of the crematorium at Auschwitz from which a pillar of smoke billowed up.
Katriel (661) was Esther (661).
It was the time of the Eclipse of God. “Ve-Anokhi haster astir panai ba-yom ha-hu.” “And I shall surely hide My face on that day” (Deuteronomy 31:18).
And the Ba’al Shem Tov taught: “Even the fact that I am hidden [and lying in waiting] I shall hide on that day.”
So the deity could certainly use a blessing. “Ishmael, my son, bless me.”