“Our Rabbis taught: Once R. Joshua b. Hanania was standing on a step on the Temple Mount, and Ben Zoma saw him and did not stand up before him. So [R. Joshua] said to him: Whence and whither, Ben Zoma? He replied: I was gazing between the upper and lower waters, and there is only a bare three fingers’ [breadth] between them, for it is said: And the Spirit of God hovered over the face of the waters—like a dove which hovers over her young without touching [them].”