For some reason thinking about Kafka's parable in The Trial made me think of the kabbalistic/talmudic idea that each tribe had its own gate to enter the Temple.
A man from the country seeks the law and wishes to gain entry to the law through a doorway. The doorkeeper tells the man that he cannot go through at the present time. The man asks if he can ever go through, and the doorkeeper says that is possible. The man waits by the door for years, bribing the doorkeeper with everything he has. The doorkeeper accepts the bribes, but tells the man that he accepts them "so that you do not think you have failed to do anything." The man waits at the door until he is about to die. Right before his death, he asks the doorkeeper why even though everyone seeks the law, no one else has come in all the years. The doorkeeper answers "Here no one else can gain entry, since this entrance was assigned only to you. I'm going now to close it."