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Coming Together, Coming Apart: A Memoir of Heartbreak and Promise in Israel

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Praise for Coming Together, Coming Apart "Interesting conversation is Israel's most ingratiating commodity, and this is an especially interesting one. To read Coming Together, Coming Apart is to be engaged in an ongoing dialogue with one of Israel's most thoughtful observers--an American who made Israel his home, despite its imperfections and dangers. Gordis's conversation ...more
ebook, 272 pages
Published December 7th 2010 by John Wiley & Sons (first published June 26th 2006)
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Gary
Jun 07, 2016 Gary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this volume Daniel Gordis writes of his life in Israel from when he family moved from Los Angeles to Jerusalem.
It covers the events of the Terror War (2000-2005), after Barak's offer of Gaza, half of Jerusalem and almost the entire West Bank to the Arabs was met by a bloody war of terror against Israel's population, launched by mass murderer Yassir Arafat.
He describes the wave of terror attacks, which engulfed Israel during this period, in which thousands of Israeli men, women and children we
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Julie Ferguson
I was given this book to read before I spend a month in the Middle East. It's the story of an American family with school-age kids who emigrated to Israel in 2000 and their lives in Jerusalem during a very dangerous period of suicide bombings and terrorist attacks. It's part memoir, part op-ed, and quite a bit of rant.
I found it honest, frightening, funny, and poignant but would have liked the book to have been more tightly edited. I learned much about Israeli politics and the internal difficul
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Diane Eidelman
Dec 23, 2012 Diane Eidelman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The third of my Israeli trilogy, this time a memoir. An Orthodox rabbi has emigrated to Israel with his wife and three children. The memoir is about life near the west bank during the 2nd Intifada in 2002. It's about terrorism, death,fear, and bombings as well as the search for the meaning of a country whose existence is threatened from within and without. It is about the shrinking of a country as land is returned and terrorism worsens. It is about the left and the right, a fair portrayal of bot ...more
Pia K
Jan 05, 2008 Pia K rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book made me cry many times. I really enjoyed it...though I felt I could have written it myself- though not as well. It's really a book for Anglos- I would not recommend it for Native Israelis.
Rachel
Apr 30, 2014 Rachel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Could have been so good, but was so not.
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