Where do you Encounter God? Rabbi Avi Novis-Deutsch on Parshat Vayakhel-Pekudei


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?