While the Bronx-born Orthodox Jew doesn’t speak Hebrew and has declined to take Israeli citizenship, Deutsch seems to have embraced his move to the Holy Land. And he has no interest in making a return to politics, either in Israel or back in the United States, saying he doesn’t regret his Senate run: “Your success or your failure is not your success or your failure because God rules the world. All you can do is make the effort.”

Deutsch is still keeping busy — the lawyer volunteers his legal expertise (and works American hours) for a Hebrew-language charter school network he founded in Florida.

“I still clearly live in two worlds,” he says. “I feel very much at home in both places.”