Anthologies featuring Jay Michaelson


Imagining the Jewish God

This book attempts to give voice to these diverse imaginings of the Jewish God, and offers these collected essays and poems as a living text meant to provoke a substantive and nourishing dialogue. The contributors to this volume are committed to this form of textual reasoning. Includes Dr. Michaelson’s essay “The Repersonalization of God: Monism and Theological Polymorphism in Zoharic and Hasidic Imagination.”

Beside Still Waters: A Journey of Comfort and Renewal

Beside Still Waters: A Journey of Comfort and Renewal is a book for mourners, for those who will someday become mourners, and for those anticipating their own journey out of this life.  It offers Jewish liturgy both classical and contemporary for different stages along the mourner’s path.



Jews and the Law Jews and the Law

This anthology engages with the growing complexity of what it means to be at once Jewish and to participate in secular legal systems as lawyers, judges, legal thinkers, civil rights advocates, and teachers. Includes Dr. Michaelson’s essay “Hating the Law for Christian Reasons: The Religious Roots of American Antinomianism.”

Into Your Hands: Essays Inspired by Mystic, Prophet, and Activist Michael Kelly

This collection of essays is a heartfelt tribute to Michael Bernard Kelly’s work and solidifies his legacy as one of Australia’s leading gay activists and religious commentators. Includes Jay Michaelson’s reflection, “A Gay Pilgrim’s Progress.”  Published July 2022.

Queering the Text: Biblical, Medieval, and Modern Jewish Stories

Inspired by the pioneering work of Jewish feminists, Andrew Ramer draws from traditional midrashim and homoerotic love poems from medieval Spain to craft stories that anchor queer lives in the three-thousand-year-old history of the Jewish people. Includes a forward by Rabbi Jay Michaelson.

Sared Encounter The Sacred Encounter: Jewish Perspectives on Sexuality

This wide-ranging anthology takes a close look at the breadth of human sexuality from a Jewish perspective. Features Jay Michaelson’s essay on “Queering Tshuvah.”

Climate Change Engineering Climate Change Geoengineering

Eleven prominent authorities on climate change consider the legal, policy, and philosophical issues presented by geoengineering. The book asks: When, if ever, are decisions to embark on potentially risky climate modification projects justified? And who should authorize such projects and by what moral and legal right? Includes Jay Michaelson’s article, “Geoengineering and Climate Management: From Marginality to Inevitability.” Published August 2013.

Exploring the Edge Realms of Consciousness

A diverse group of authors journey into the fringes of human consciousness, tackling psychic and paranormal phenomena, lucid dreaming, synchronistic encounters, and more. Collected from the online magazine Reality Sandwich, and featuring Jay’s essay on Buddhist absorption states, “The Jhanas.” Published June 2012.

Queer Religion

Queer Religion provides a systematic and detailed overview of the challenges and issues that the intersections of religion, same-sex desire, and gender variance have generated, both now and in the past. It focuses upon the development of these areas of overlap through modern religious history, LGBT liberation movements, and the emergence of queer theory. Published December 2011, it features Dr. Michaelson’s scholarly essay “Queering Kabbalistic Gender Dimorphism.”

Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion & Spirituality

The first anthology of its kind, with poets representing several countries (the United States, Singapore, Korea, Australia, the United Kingdom, India, Malaysia, Japan and elsewhere), Collective Brightness gathers over 100 established and emerging contemporary LGBTIQ poets writing from and about various faiths, religions and spiritual traditions. Published October 2011, including poetry by Jay.

Best Gay Stories 2010

Includes Jay’s memoir-essay, “Loneliness and the Sanctuary of Spirit.” Published November 2010.

Making Prayer Real: Leading Jewish Spiritual Voices on Why Prayer Is Difficult and What to Do About It

Making Prayer Real is a no-holds-barred look at why so many of us find synagogue services and prayer at best difficult, and at worst, meaningless and boring—and how to make it more satisfying. Includes an essay and interview with Jay Michaelson. Published in February, 2010.

Torah Queeries: Weekly Commentaries on the Hebrew Bible

Torah Queeries brings together some of the world’s leading rabbis, scholars, and writers to interpret the Torah through a “bent lens”. With commentaries on the fifty-four weekly Torah portions and six major Jewish holidays, the concise yet substantive writings collected here open up stimulating new insights and highlight previously neglected perspectives. Featuring three commentaries by Jay Michaelson. Published in 2009.

The Passionate Torah: Sex and Judaism

Seeking to deepen the Jewish conversation about sexuality, The Passionate Torah brings together brilliant thinkers in an attempt to bridge the gap between the sacred and the sexual. Includes Jay’s essay “On the Religious Significance of Homosexuality, or Queering God, Torah, and Israel.” Published in 2009.

Best Gay Poetry 2008

Featuring work from 50 gay poets, readers will find herein a mix of established poets and exciting new voices, including Carl Phillips, Rane Arroyo, David Bergman, Timothy Liu, Jay Michaelson, Brad Gooch, Reginald Shepard, Jeff Mann, Steve Fellner, Jee Leong Koh, Steven Cordova, Jericho Brown, and many others.

Jews and Sex

Edited by Nathan Abrams in 2008, and featuring the essay “Boundaries and the Boundless: Homosexuality as Liminality” by Jay Michaelson

Toward 2012: Perspectives on the Next Age

Edited by Daniel Pinchback and Ken Jordan in 2008. Features the essay “Ayahuasca and Kabbalah” by Jay Michaelson.

Signs of the Apocalypse / Rapture

Edited by Christine DiThomas and published in 2008,this volume features two visual gallery sections replete with diverse and engaging imagery by over sixty world-class artists, and a comprehensive section of writings and transcripts on the notion of end times. Featuring the poem “for the apocalypse will be infinitely silent” by Jay Michaelson.

Righteous Indignation: A Jewish Call for Justice

Edited by Rabbi N. Rose, Jo Ellen Green Kaiser, and Margie Klein, and published in 2007, Righteous Indignation gathers the voices of leading progressive Jewish social justice activists for the first time in one groundbreaking volume. Featuring “The Significance of Sex: Social Order & Post-Mythic Religion” by Jay Michaelson.

Charmed Lives: Gay Spirit in Storytelling

A finalist for Best LGBT Anthology for the Lambda Literary Awards, Charmed Lives offers readers a collection of over thirty short works of fiction and personal essays as an alternative to the stories that society often tells about gay men. Includes “The Verse” by Jay Michaelson. Published in 2006.