The idea of home is constantly in flux in The Chosen, and home is what all the characters are seeking. By "home," we mean a safe and harmonious place where they can grow around understanding people. World War II shows them that this is not easy to come by, and that, in the case of Israel as the Jewish homeland, home can be extremely controversial. The conflict over the Jewish homeland negatively impacts the characters’ personal lives, but politics are eventually pushed aside in favor of family harmony.
The Reb makes his house more of a home when he begins sharing life with Danny through non-Talmudic conversation.