The Tabernacle raises the question of whether one can experience God anywhere, or only in one specific place.
Conversely, the largely abstract, ?place-less? conception of God often found in the Diaspora can be a source of tremendous religious intensity and impel unique spiritual quests. But it also may limit Jews? ability to experience a more concrete image of God as residing in a defined place.
A meaningful dialogue between these two viewpoints would help us achieve a broader perspective of our faith and, specifically, better understand God?s place in our world. It may even help us advance our efforts to reach real shalom (peace), which is another major attribute of God. In the words of Rabbi Yehoshua: ?Great is peace, for the Holy One Himself is called Peace? (Midrash Sifra, Leviticus).
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