There is a wonderful Chasidic story about the child of a rabbi who used to wander in the woods. At first his father let him wander, but over time he became concerned. The woods were dangerous. The father did not know what lurked there.
He decided to discuss the matter with his child. One day he took him aside and said: “You know, I have noticed that each day you walk into the woods. I wonder, why do you go there?”
The boy said to his father: “I go there to find God.”
“That is a very good thing,” the father said gently. “I am glad you are searching for God. But, my child, don’t you know that God is the same everywhere?” “Yes” answered the boy; “but I’m NOT.”
With warmth and affection,
Rabbi Sally Olins, DD