Contributed by Rabbi Geoffrey W. Dennis

"Curtain of Heaven." Sometimes identified as the first of the seven heavens, the curtain of heaven conceals the Throne of God from the sublunary spheres. According to the Talmudic Sage Resh Lakish, the curtain of heaven is drawn back at dawn and spread each evening, producing the effect of day and night. It is rolled up during the passing of comets, briefly revealing the firmament in all its glory. Angels, demons, and the dead can hear the decrees and conversations of the Divine court from behind the veil.1

Article copyright © 2004 Geoffrey Dennis.