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From a NY Virus Epicenter, I Wonder When, If, I'll See My Children in Israel Again

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In his timeless words of the 12th century, Yehuda HaLevi wrote, "My heart is in the East, and the rest of me is at the edge of the West." In these days of the coronavirus no words have more precisely described my feelings and yearning.

And I sit here in my house in New Rochelle, New York, now infamous for being the epicenter of the New York outbreak of this modern-day plague.

My synagogue stands locked, with members of the national guard out front; the city declared a containment zone, with my computer and smart phone my link to the world.

As I write these words, enclosed with my wife in quarantine, I should be on a plane taking me to Israel, where we had planned to join three of my sons and their families who live there and share the Passover holidays together with them in our home in Jerusalem. But my flights are cancelled and my plans undone.

Through years of such travels back and forth, during times of celebration and joy as well as war and intifada, in warm weather and cold, when we were young and........

© Haaretz