In Parshat Vayakhel Pekudei the Israelites receive further instructions on constructing the Tabernacle. The instructions specify creating elaborate wall panels. Rabbi Avi Novis-Deutsch, Dean of Schechter Rabbinical Seminary, asks why we choose to encounter God within the walls of synagogues and temples. Are we limiting God to a certain space? What happens when we leave sanctuaries and seek the Divine in the outside world?
Avi Novis-Deutsch is presently the Dean of the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary. Ordained as a Masorti rabbi by the SRS in 2003, Rabbi Novis-Deutsch also has an MA in Jewish Studies from JTS. He served for nine years as a pulpit rabbi at two Masorti congregations in Israel, most recently, at Haminyan Hamishpachti Masorti Kfar Veradim. Rabbi Novis-Deutsch also worked for two years as a Jewish educator in Berkeley and in the Bay Area, California. He is married to Dr. Nurit Novis-Deutsch. They and their three children live on Kibbutz Hanaton.