Yehudah Mirsky served in the State Department’s human rights bureau in the Clinton Administration and moved to Israel in 2002. He is active in, a movement for a pluralist and vibrant Jerusalem and writes weekly at His scholarship focuses on religion, intellectual history and politics and his biography of Rav Kook is forthcoming from Yale University Press.


Yehudah Mirsky looks back at Israel's political history and concludes-with hope-that the coalition's demise may usher in a new civic spirit for Israeli society.


The Knesset conversation about legislation that would codify Israel's judiciary's ability to delcare laws unconstitutional is a conversation American liberals have been having for a long time. But liberalism (and Judaism) require deeper roots than law can provide.