Home to Stay: One American Family's Chronicle of Miracles and Struggles in Contemporary Israel

Home to Stay: One American Family's Chronicle of Miracles and Struggles in Contemporary Israel

by Daniel Gordis


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In the summer of 1998, Daniel Gordis and his family moved to Israel from Los Angeles. They planned to be there for a year, but a few months into their stay, Gordis and his wife decided to remain in Jerusalem permanently, confident that their children would be among the first generation of Israelis to grow up in peace.

Immediately after arriving in Israel, Daniel had started sending out e-mails about his life to friends and family abroad. These missives—passionate, thoughtful, beautifully written, and informative—began reaching a much broader readership than he’d ever envisioned, eventually being excerpted in The New York Times Magazine to much acclaim. An edited and finely crafted collection of his original e-mails, Home to Stay is a first-person, immediate account of Israel’s post-Oslo meltdown that cuts through the rhetoric and stridency of most dispatches from that country or from the international media. This is must reading for anyone who wants to get a firsthand, personal view of what it’s like for a family on the front lines of war.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400049592
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 10/28/2003
Edition description: Updated
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 850,294
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 7.88(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Daniel Gordis is the director of the Mandel Foundation’s Jerusalem Fellows Program. He was previously a vice president at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles and dean of its Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies. He is the author of three previous books: Becoming a Jewish Parent (Harmony, 1999), Does the World Need the Jews? (Scribner, 1997), and God Was Not in the Fire (Scribner, 1995).

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Home to Stay: One American Family's Chronicle of Miracles and Struggles in Contemporary Israel 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Ella_Jill on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The author, a Conservative Jew from the United States, was offered a fellowship from an Israeli university for a year and moved from Los Angeles to Jerusalem with his wife and three kids back in 1998. They found it so inspirational to live in ¿a country made specially for them¿ where the story is about them, and they are the new chapter,¿ that when Mr. Gordis was offered a permanent position at the year¿s end, they decided to stay there despite the dangers and apply for the Israeli citizenship. I generally like to read books about life in different places, and it was particularly interesting to read a book written by someone who actually lives, works and raises a family in the country he¿s describing. I found Mr. Gordis¿s book particularly valuable since, due to the nature of his job and his volunteer activities, he gets to meet all sorts of different people and, amazingly enough, considering the difficult situation there, almost invariably shows tolerance, understanding and even sympathy for their points of view. Personally, I also found the book very well-written. It describes the Gordises¿ experience of living in Israel till the end of 2002. Daniel Gordis later wrote a sequel Coming Together, Coming Apart, which I enjoyed as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was recommended this book by a friend, and at first was a bit skeptical. But after about 10 pages, I was hooked. Through his engaging writing style and thought provoking ideas, he portrays the conflict in Israel in ways I have never seen before. I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who wants to see what really goes on in the Middle East, without the tainted views that journalists so often show us. Wow!!!!!!!!