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Neil Rogachevsky

Neil Rogachevsky teaches at the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University and is the author of Israel’s Declaration of Independence: The History and Political Theory of the Nation’s Founding Moment, published in 2023 by Cambridge University Press.

What Would Ben-Gurion Do?

Israel’s founding father argued for a conception of politics uniquely tailored to the Jewish state. Fifty years after his death, his country could use it more than ever.

Jan. 8 2024 12:13AM

The Best Books of 2023, Part I

Featuring prime ministers, kidnappings, popes, silences, exiled shadows, portraits, intellectual origins, the best minds, and more.

Dec. 20 2023 12:01AM

Podcast: Neil Rogachevsky and Dov Zigler on the Political Philosophy of Israel's Declaration of Independence

The authors of a new book explore the principles animating Israel’s founding moment.

March 31 2023 12:01AM

Israel's Other Tyranny of the Minority

Israel’s parliamentary system produces weak governments that are increasingly liable to capture by minority parties, who have every incentive to indulge their most radical plans.

March 16 2023 12:01AM

The Best Books of 2022, Chosen by Mosaic Authors

Featuring wars, peacemakers, two cultures, pogroms, plays, four ages, wild problems, caves, magic, letters, American conservatives, liberal parents, radical children, and more.

Dec. 19 2022 12:01AM

Will Israel's Next Government Last Longer than a Container of Hummus?

How the Jewish state found itself going to elections yet again, and what reforms might, at last, bring some stability.

Oct. 31 2022 12:01AM

Does the Internet Have a Theory Bro Problem?

What happens when the study of the humanities migrates from campus to the web?

Sept. 28 2022 12:01AM

Fouad Ajami's "When Magic Failed" Captures Lebanon at Its Best and Worst

The late historian’s memoir, an unstinting portrait of the unhappy collision of tradition and modernity in Lebanon in the years following World War II, is one of the best of our time.

Aug. 22 2022 12:01AM

Checking In on Thomas Friedman

When it comes to Israel, the longtime columnist, a bellwether for conventional American opinion on the Middle East, is stuck three decades in the past.

July 28 2022 12:01AM

Israel’s Going Through A Spiritual Transformation. How Is It Dealing?

An interview with Ruth Calderon, a Talmud scholar and former member of Knesset, on the Judaization of the Israeli public sphere—and much more.

June 27 2022 12:01AM

What Ben-Gurion Learned From Churchill

Israel’s future prime minister watched Churchill up close in war-time London, and then sounded Churchillian notes when called upon to rally his own nation.

May 23 2022 12:01AM

Netanyahu: The Figures Who Formed Him, and the Duties of Jewish Leadership

A new interview, published in English here for the first time, reveals the political tradition at work in the Israeli leader’s thinking.

Dec. 21 2021 12:48AM

The Best Books of 2021, Chosen by Mosaic Authors (Part I)

Five of our writers pick several favorites each, featuring a duke’s children, Jewish treasures, zealots and emancipators, revolts, dual allegiances, spies, and more.

Dec. 14 2021 12:25AM

Against Court and Constitution: A Never-Before-Translated Speech by David Ben-Gurion

Israel famously has no constitution. It turns out that’s no accident but rather the will of its first prime minister, who explains his thinking here.

March 10 2021 12:11AM

The Best Books of 2020, Chosen by Mosaic Authors (Part III)

Five more of our regular writers pick several favorites each, featuring Stalingrad, the master, Margarita, parasitic minds, infectious ideas, dust, heaven, Zoom, traveling light, and more.

Dec. 18 2020 12:01AM

Peter Beinart's Wedge

The don of liberal Zionism has come out against a two-state solution. His argument is delusional and messianic. But that’s not the real problem with it.

July 16 2020 12:36AM

Ben-Gurion: The Man Who Willed A State

As a new biography shows, David Ben-Gurion could be petty, harsh, and stubborn. He also decisively shaped almost every institution that would form the state of Israel.

July 1 2020 12:01AM

“We Were All Born in Jerusalem”: A Never-Before-Translated Speech by Menachem Begin

What the future prime minister of Israel had to say about his past and present homelands.

May 14 2020 12:14AM

Spare Your People a Fourth Election, O Israel, and Form a Minority Government

Three elections having led to inconclusive results, a fourth now looms. There’s another, smarter, more representative way.

March 12 2020 12:01AM

Podcast: Neil Rogachevsky on the Roots of Israel's Political Crisis and How to Fix It

As the nation gears up for its third election in a year, the time may have come to consider a different way of voting.

Jan. 16 2020 12:01AM

The Best Books of 2019, Chosen by Mosaic Authors (Part II)

Six more Mosaic writers share their favorites, featuring shadow strikes, orchards, gleanings, constitutional evolutions and revolutions, serotonin, odd women, and more.

Dec. 19 2019 12:01AM

What Kind of God Is the God of the Jews?

For thousands of years both friends and enemies of Judaism have labeled it a religion of deed rather than creed, of law rather than faith. A new book firmly and fervently disagrees.

Nov. 6 2019 12:01AM

The Return of Shlomo Sand

The notorious author of The Invention of the Jewish People is back, this time with a screed against certain French intellectuals with a certain something in common.

Dec. 26 2018 12:01AM

The Best Books of 2018, Chosen by Mosaic Authors

Letters, antidotes, eternal lives, outcasts, secret worlds, pogroms, and more.

Dec. 12 2018 12:01AM

A First Draft of the Life of Benjamin Netanyahu

A new biography compels the thought that the prime minister’s alienation from opinions held dear by the Israeli elite—and by his biographer—has been one of the secrets of his success.

July 2 2018 12:01AM

Self-Portrait of a Zionist Statesman and Thinker

As his new memoir brings home, Moshe Arens is one of the most accomplished, articulate, and clear-eyed figures in Israel’s history. What a pity that his best ideas were often thwarted.

March 28 2018 12:01AM

Best Books of the Year, as Selected by Mosaic Authors

Spy games, catch-67s, lionesses, smugglers, patriots, setting suns, and more.

Dec. 27 2017 12:01AM

The Ardent, Stiff-Necked Spirit of Golda Meir

A new biography brings to life a leader of few words who accomplished much with the ones she had, and reminds us how much of her Zionist perseverance remains intact today.

Nov. 29 2017 12:01AM

The Only Language He Understands

Without knowing the Middle East, the author of a highly regarded new book presumes to prescribe what would be best for it—and especially for Israel.

Aug. 10 2017 2:06AM

French Islam's Radical Turn, and Its Ramifications for French Jews

A new book shows the role played by anti-Semitism in the strengthening and consolidation of Islamism in France.

June 29 2017 12:01AM

The Flaws of "Oslo" Are the Same as the Flaws of Oslo

In its embrace of social psychology and “process over politics,” the new hit drama mirrors the mentality that helped produce the disastrous Oslo Accords themselves.

May 17 2017 12:01AM

"Nathan the Wise": An Ambiguous Plea for Religious Toleration 

A new production of an old play stresses the benefits of religious tolerance. But the play itself suggests there might also be costs—and specifically for Jews.

June 29 2016 12:01AM

Who Was Abba Eban?

The “voice of Israel,” as David Ben-Gurion dubbed him, was revered abroad, mocked and sidelined at home. A new biography helps explain why.

Feb. 17 2016 12:01AM

A New Israeli Consensus

Sure, its politics are chaotic. But on several of the most important issues, Israel today is less divided than it has been in a long time.

June 15 2015 12:01AM

The Unwritten Rule

In France, one is expected to be quiet about one’s Judaism in public. But a number of working-class French Jews don’t care.

Oct. 27 2014 12:01AM

Israel Apart

Israel, needless to say, is not an apartheid state. But—in a distinctly Jewish way—it is a state apart.
Feb. 26 2014 5:00AM