Rabbi Isaac Luria warned his pupils:
We do not have permission to reflect on reality before the emanation of the world, and we are not allowed to compare it in any way to known forms and images. We only speak in a parabolic manner to satisfy the need of comprehension, but a wise person will understand by himself that this does not reflect an actual representation of divine reality.
— Moses Jonah, in The Kabbalistic Tradition (ed. and tr. A Unterman)