“My heart is in the East, and I am at the ends of the West.” This is how the great 12th century Spanish poet and philosopher Yehudah Halevi expressed his longing for the land of Israel as a Jew in the Diaspora. These words still resonate for many of us in the Diaspora today, especially when the fragile calm of the Middle East is broken. When this happens, not only our hearts, but our heads, become fixated on...