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When Daniel Gordis, his wife, Elisheva, and their three young children abandoned a safe and comfortable home in Los Angeles to move halfway around the world and find a new life in Israel, the future looked bright. It was 1998, Ehud Barak had just been elected prime minister, and peace appeared to be only a few tough negotiations away. 

Two years later, hope had turned to terror, as the rattle of machine-gun fire perforated the night and the frightened, exhausted children clung desperately to their stuffed animals in fitful sleep, dreaming perhaps of the quiet, peaceful world they had left behind. 

In Coming Together, Coming Apart, Gordis tells a timely, relevant, and deeply personal tale that lays bare the complex problems of the seemingly intractable and often incomprehensible Israeli-Palestinian conflict, revealing how much is at stake and underscoring the toll the struggle takes on every human being it touches.

©2008 Daniel Gordis (P)2020 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Great book; lousy reader.

Wish I had read this wonderful book, rather than listened. How did no one involved in this production (perhaps even the author) make sure the reader could pronounce the most basic Hebrew words and names- including the (recurring) name of the memoirist’s wife? It would be one thing if there were just a few instances of this, but it was a repeated irritation (with almost every Hebrew word or place-name, of which there are many) like taking a long hike with a pebble in your shoe. How did the audition not include a test to see if the guy could pronounce the word “aliya” in a book about American Jews who moved to Israel — and/or to correct him after the read-through? Annoying.

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Inspired

Only criticism is that the pronunciation of Hebrew needs a lot of work. Otherwise one of my favorite books ever. No one can express the complexities of my love of Israel like Daniel Gordis. He continues to inspire me.