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."
Book Review:
The Jerusalem Post, November 2002
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