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In the presence of Rabbi Hanina one went to the praying desk to say the prayer. He said 'God, thou great, strong, terrible, mighty, feared, powerful, real & adorable.' He waited until the other had finished & then said to him: 'Have you ended with the praise of your God? What is the meaning of all this? It is as if one were to praise a king of this world who has millions of pieces of gold for having one piece of silver.'
quoted in Scholem . Main Trends in Jewish Mysticism p. 60
Scholem, Gershom G. Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism . New York: Schocken Books, Inc., 1946.