|IF A PLACE CAN MAKE YOU CRY
by Shalom Freedman
|In 1998, Rabbi Daniel Gordis, dean of the University of Judaism's Rabbinical School in Los Angeles, came to Israel with his wife and three children for a year's sabbatical and decided to stay. His boss suggested that his decision to stay was "irrational, except if you figure in destiny."
"And that's the issue - destiny," Gordis writes in his new book. If A Place Can Make You Cry: Dispatches from an Anxious State. "It's about feeling that we belong here, fit in better here than we ever did in the States. The States was a great place to live, and both of us love a lot about it. But it always seemed to us that we were tolerated there - while here, the place is made for us. It's the difference between being a guest and being at home."
The Jerusalem Post, November 2002