press coverage of jay michaelson
"s a spiritual Jewish environmentalist, I have been thinking all day about Jay Michaelsonâs recent piece in âThe Forward,â âWhy Most Jewish Environmentalism is Useless.â While his argument for change on a macro level is indisputable, his assertion that most Jewish environmentalism is useless is very problematic. "
"Rabbi Dr. Jay Michaelson, a Jewish scholar, activist and cultural commentator, has undergone many changes and transitions throughout his life."
"Have you ever picked up a book knowing that its arrival in your life at precisely this moment was a gift? That was my sense when I held Jay Michaelson's The Gate of Tears, subtitled "Sadness and the Spiritual Path." As I delved into the book (out this month in paperback), that sense only deepened."
"Jay has an exciting new perspective to share in his latest work The Gate of Tears: Sadness and the Spiritual Path, which has been called, âA Stunning antidote to the plethora of âget happyâ guides.â Today on the show Jay will discuss his new book, and will offer his thoughts on the relationship between happiness and spirituality in our everyday lives."
"The next day (Thursday, Sept. 17), Coulter defended her comments to Jay Michaelson of The Daily Beast â an American news reporting and opinion website focusing on politics and pop culture. Coulter told Michaelson that she doesn't hate Jews â just the Republican Party candidates sucking up to them â and that the whole controversy was all based on a misunderstanding."
"There's been much debate stirring over whether or not the decades-old Burning Man festival has become too costly, and therefore stratified, in recent years, but according to Daily Beast columnist and veteran "burner" Jay Michaelson, those splurging at the event are only doing themselves a disservice."
"Jay Michaelson, a well-known rabbi and LGBT activist, will co-lead the Shabbat service at Milk & Honey, a camp of roughly 75 Burners that is embedded in Jewish tradition but welcomes spiritual seekers of all types. Originally called Sukkat Shalom, meaning âshelter of peaceâ in Hebrew, Milk & Honey and its Friday Shabbat service will provide an inclusive and ecstatic experience of Judaism that Michaelson says is lacking in more traditional places of worship."
"Prosecutorial misconduct is a reality. So is the lack of any meaningful legal recourse for its victims. Over at The Daily Beast, Jay Michaelson uses the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri to draw attention to this pressing and increasingly well-documented problem."
"Will the landmark decision to legalize gay marriage nationwide spark a showdown between gay rights and religious freedom? A Rabbi Jay Michaelson and a conservative Christian weigh in."
"JAY MICHAELSON: This turns RFRA's logic on its head - so not just a case where I want to practice my private religious practice. But I, as someone who wants to restrict the rights of others, should be allowed to do so."
"As legal and religious scholar Dr. Jay Michaelson noted, these unintended consequences amount to a broad license to discriminate against LGBT people, because state RFRA laws could allow "individuals and businesses [to] exempt themselves from anti-discrimination laws by proffering religious objections to them.""
"In 2009, Jay Michaelson, writing at the Forward, penned a controversial piece entitled âHow Iâm Losing My Love For Israelâ in which he noted that it was exhausting to defend Israel among his social circle. Whatever we might think of the validity of that reason, I remember appreciating Mr. Michaelsonâs honesty and self-awareness. Getting to root causes can be painful and even embarrassing, but it reflects intellectual honesty thatâs often difficult to come by."
"As Jay Michaelson pointed out recently at The Daily Beast, "sexual slavery is just a rhetorical frame for eradicating prostitution" to many in the anti-trafficking movement. "
"âReligious Freedomâ Bills Fail, As More People See What Theyâre Really About"
"Jay Michaelson at the Daily Beast has a brilliant summary of why these climate deniers matter, when their work is so discredited and marginalized in the scientific community."
"Jay Michaelson of Religion News Service put the figure at 1.7 million in a recent column."
"Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has staked a sizeable claim on the wrong side of history. However, The Daily Beast's Jay Michaelson raises the question - does that mean he was on the wrong side of the law?"
"Prayer Breakfast Dispute: Christianity and the Crusades"
"In his insightful essay, subtitled: âWhy Obamaâs Meeting With The Dalai Lama Is An Empty Gesture,â Michaelson writes: Cham is a Tibetan ritual dance, a carefully choreographed ritual meant to bring blessings to the Buddhist community."
"Dr. Jay Michaelson, author of "Evolving Dharma" and longtime meditation teacher, said that there are same-sex love stories sprinkled throughout Buddhist literature and culture -- and that the religion has much to offer LGBT people."
"Using concordance research we see how the word translated as "abomination" (toevah) shows up elsewhere in scripture. We find that it more accurately means âritual practice of another tradition that is prohibited to us.â (Thanks, Rabbi Jay Michaelson!)"
"On Sunday, Temple Israel will host a public discussion, âWhat Is Spiritual Health?â featuring journalist Jay Michaelson, who covers spirituality and LGBT issues for The Daily Beast and the Forward newspaper and website."
"And Jay Michaelson of the Daily Beast is careful to emphasize that even Francisâ most positive comments about gay people have marked only shifts in tone, not changes in doctrine."
"âNobody is against religious liberty,â observed Jay Michaelson, who wrote a report for a progressive think tank on the phenomenon. âLiberals like it, conservatives like it.â"
"Not only is it amazing that an antipsychotic is outselling all other drugs, no one even knows how it works to relieve depression, writes Jay Michaelson."
"But Sotomayor's move may indicate that a standout appellate court ruling may lead the justices to reconsider their refusal to get involved, the Daily Beast's Jay Michaelson analyzed."
"Indeed, Jay Michaelson, a contributing editor to The Jewish Daily Forward, claims that the Western practice of Buddhism is itself an invention of disaffected Jews."
"This point is echoed in a piece at the Daily Beast by Jay Michaelson, who says it's "worth reflecting on what the 'fine line' between education and advocacy really means.""
"Near the stage, religious leaders and activists could be seen on the deck of a scaled-down replica of Noahâs Ark, including Abramowitz, Rabbi Steve Gutow, president of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, Rabbi Jay Michaelson, and Nigel Savage, president of the Jewish environmental group Hazon."
"âSome in the LGBT community grumbled, but many more resonated with her brash feminine bravado,â Jay Michaelson wrote in âThe Very Jewish Reasons Why Gay Men Loved Joan Rivers.â"
"In his piece in The Daily Beast, Jay Michaelson points out that this latest human rights infraction comes as the U.S. is seeking to âengageâ Iran diplomatically as tensions continue to escalate in neighboring Iraq due to the emergence of I.S.I.S. and the subsequent unraveling of now ex-Prime Minister Nouri al-Malikiâs government."
"As Jay Michaelson observes in The Jewish Daily Forward, âAronofskyâs Noah is a zealot. He obeys God too much, even to the point of threatening to kill his own family in order to extinguish the human race. He is troubled by the deaths of innocent people, but does not intervene to save themâŠ unlike Abraham, who argued to save the lives of the wicked, Noah just follows orders.â"
"Over at The Daily Beast, Jay Michaelson proposed âTen Reasons Women Are Losing While Gays Keep Winning,â including feminismâs image problem, flawed language about choice/rights, capitalism, religion, and good-old sexism. Iâd like to propose #11: Heteropatriarchy."
"In a 2013 report for Political Research Associates, scholar Jay Michaelson documents how the persecution narrative was at the core of religious conservativesâ response to desegregation, the end of school-sponsored school prayer and the victory for abortion rights in Roe v. Wade."
"PFAWâs findings are similar to those of Jay Michaelson, Ph.D., in his 2013 report for Political Research Associatesâ âRedefining Religious Liberty: The Hidden Assault on Civil Rights.â"
"Jay Michaelsonâs Daily Beast article on why women are losing in the courts while gays are winning."
"Open any Torah, Bible or Koran, and the passages about homosexuality seem clear: being gay is an abomination. But these strict interpretations are changing."
"The Daily Beast's Jay Michaelson comes to the rescue with a piece called "Why Progressives Just Woke Up and Killed ENDA," which contains an incredibly informative primer on the different kinds of religious exemptions."
"As it turns out, the wonderful Jay Michaelson explained it much better than I did in the Daily Beast."
"And then there are thinkers like Jay Michaelson who donât wish to do away with brit milah entirely, but who wonder if thereâs a compromise: a way to perform the mitzvah in a way that removes less flesh."
"A useful reference is âRedefining Religious Liberty: The Covert Campaign Against Civil Rightsâ by Jay Michaelson, published by Political Research Associates in March 2013."
"On Sunday, the Daily Beast published a thought-provoking postâHobby Lobby piece by Jay Michaelson pondering why women are losing legal battles while gay people keep winning."
"The recent survey by the Anti-Defamation League has been making headlines in the Jewish and non-Jewish media. Some articles see the research as flawed, and one rabbi, Jay Michaelson, claims that according to the survey, he, too, could be considered anti-Semitic."
"This morning began with a discussion on HuffPost Live with friend and PR specialist Cathy Renna and author, activist and academic Jay Michaelson, currently a visiting scholar at Brown University."
"Michaelson, writing for The Daily Beast, recently bashed the 2014 Southern Baptist Convention for declaring, to his ears, that, âTrans People Donât Exist.â"
"On the matter of social conservatives' efforts to empower discrimination against LGBTs, Jay Michaelson, Ph.D. offered his assessment."
"If you want to learn ABOUT the Dharma then you can take one of my classes or read Jay Michaelson's impeccable, brilliant, and comprehensive âEvolving Dharma,â âŠ"
"Some believe that the study is a badly flawed and transparent attempt by the ADL to make a case for its own importance and overstate the extent of real anti-Semitism in the world. Forward columnist Jay Michaelson, a rabbi with a deep and lifelong history of commitment to Israel and the Jewish people, came to that conclusion."
"The idea that Type-A traders are seeking profit with the same tool that Buddhist monks use to achieve enlightenment might seem like sacrilege. Yet most people misunderstand meditation, says Jay Michaelson, author of âEvolving Dharma: Meditation, Buddhism, and the Next Generation of Enlightenment.â"
"Forward contributing editor Jay Michaelson has won the 2014 Deadline Club award for opinion writing."
"The three-minute video released ahead of Holocaust Remembrance Day on April 28 sparked controversy. Jay Michaelson on The Forward deemed it âthe most tasteless YouTube video ever.â"
"We needed Eric Fingerhut to demonstrate that there is an alternative to leaving Hillel altogether, as Jay Michaelson suggests, by providing students a serious seat at the table."
"In his recent article in the Forward, Jay Michaelson argues that students who feel marginalized by the increasing tendency of right-leaning major Jewish organizations to air only those views which toe their institutional lines should vote with their feet and leave."
"One of the best books Iâve read recently related to those themes is Jay Michaelsonâs excellent book Evolving Dharma: Meditation, Buddhism, and the Next Generation of Enlightenment."
"Jay Michaelson of Political Research Associates, a progressive political think tank, told CNN that Missouri and Georgia are "right behind" Arizona, regarding measures that would discriminate against the LGBT community."
"The Citizens United of the Culture Wars"
"The buck may have stopped with Gov. Jan Brewer in Arizona on Wednesday, but the fight to pass such laws bannered as religious freedom issues is still on in quite a few other states. "Right behind it are Missouri and Georgia," said Jay Michaelson, a fellow at Political Research Associates, a progressive political think tank."
"Arizona's Republican Governor Jan Brewer is being pressured to veto a bill that would allow business owners in the state to deny service to gays and lesbians. Jay Micahelson speaks with NPR's Ted Robbins on the issue."
"Buzzfeed LGBT editor Saeed Jones and political research associates fellow Jay Michaelson explain how states are using "religious freedom" to draft anti-gay legislation and prepare for a future that includes same-sex marriage."
"Yet despite common belief that the Bible condemns the "abomination" of homosexuality, as Jay Michaelson demonstrated here, the use of the translation "abomination," in both the Hebrew Bible and the King James Version of the New Testament, is highly questionable."
"At this discussion the featured guest is Jay Michaelson, whose 2011 book "God vs. Gay? The Religious Case for Equality" made the argument that queer people enrich religious communities. Michaelson, a gay Conservative Jew and best-selling author on the topic of religion and sexuality, has made it his mission to speak out against religious intolerance and hostility."
"Q&A with Author Jay Michaelson"
"At this discussion the featured guest is Jay Michaelson, whose 2011 book God vs. Gay? The Religious Case for Equality made the argument that queer people enrich religious communities. Michaelson, a gay Conservative Jew and best-selling author on the topic of religion and sexuality, has made it his mission to speak out against religious intolerance and hostility."
"Jay Michaelson, a fellow at the liberal Political Research Associates, wrote a report on "redefining religious liberty.""
"But being good is not the same as being a good person who is a passionate Jew, manifesting our People's textured story, being fluent in, as my teacher Rabbi Jay Michaelson puts it, "the vocabulary of our own souls.""
"The LGBT Global Rights Initiative is being coordinated by Dr. Jay Michaelson, a leading LGBT activist who was recently the Vice President of the Arcus Foundation, the leading funder of LGBT issues worldwide, and who coordinated the U.S. LGBT movement's response to the worsening situation in Russia."
"That said, writer and activist Jay Michaelson, who with Kleinbaum and Gessen participated in the discussion, feels the issue isn't just about gays. âItâs a crackdown on civil society as a whole,â he said."
"Writer and activist Jay Michaelson unofficially calls his upcoming talk, "The Parts of the Bible Your Fundamentalist Cousin Doesn't Want You to Know About." Michaelson will be scholar in residence at Lakeside Congregation for Reform Judaism, 1221 County Line Rd. in Highland Park, on Nov. 1-3."
"On Sunday, I was joined by Jay Michaelson for a scintillating, deep, and passionate dialog entitled âEvolving Dharmaâand Evolving Practitioners.â"
"Jay Michaelson, a Jewish LGBT activist in the United States, said that the beating of gay men in Russia should serve as a âwake-up call to the Jewish communityâ that anti-gay violence in Russia stems from the same ultra-nationalism that feeds Russian anti-Semitism."
"In addition to public expressions of outrage, Jewish activists are employing other strategies to protest Russiaâs laws. For gay rights activist and author Jay Michaelson, organizing behind the scenes is equally crucial. "
"Michaelson (God vs. Gay?) tackles difficult questions about Buddhismâs evolution in Western culture, as mindfulness practice grows slowly but steadily as a popular secular activity."
"Jay Michaelson credits this same Long Island-born guru for guidance into a less selfish, more ethical phase of Buddhism. Similar to the former Jeffrey Millerâs fusion of American sensibilities with Himalayan heritage, his near-neighbor (and contemporary of Bucko) Michaelson organizes his investigation of an engaged, politically savvy, and sensibly skeptical Buddhism by a traditional Tibetan pattern--surveying the ground, following a path, and coming to fruition."
"As Jay Michaelson gleefully notes, talking openly about enlightenment is as big a taboo as there is in modern American Buddhism, where the exploratory journey trumps any metaphysical destination."
"Jay Michaelson, a contributing editor to The Forward, recently wrote an article about the dangers of fundamentalism within Judaism. In my opinion, he hits the nail on the head (again). "
"Is the âunchecked growth of Jewish fundamentalismâ the greatest existential threat to the fabric of American Jewish life? Our columnist Jay Michaelson seems to think so."
"Culling headlines from a series of recent and not-so-recent scandals, Michaelson argued that contemporary haredi Jewry looks less like the benign world of Tevye, and more like âThe Sopranos.â And if non-Orthodox Jewry doesnât do something about it soon, it will be demographically overwhelmed."
"Michaelson noted that especially for older congregants, âgoing from zero to 100 percent acceptanceâ is not easy, and offered a âfeel, felt, foundâ approach to conversations with those reluctant to embrace the LGBT community. He said it goes along these lines: âI know how you feel, because I felt that way too, but now I found a different view.â"
"Jay Michaelson, who grew up in Tampa, and is now considered one of the top LGBT religious leaders in the country, will be one of the panelists."
"A March, 2013 report entitled âRedefining Religious Liberty: The Covert Campaign Against Civil Rightsâ by Jay Michaelson for the Political Research Associates describes âA highly active, well-funded network of conservative Roman Catholic intellectuals and evangelicalsâ that âare waging a vigorous challenge to LGBTQ and reproductive rights by charging that both threaten their right-wing definition of âreligious liberty.â "
"The conference organizers have lined up a top-flight array of speakers, including the transgender memoirist and poet Joy Ladin and Jay Michaelson."
"At a seder in Brooklyn, on the minds of at least one dinner group, the same sex marriage debate heating up down in Washington. For Jay Michaelson and his husband Paul Daken it means everything. "
"Park Slope residents Jay Michaelson and Paul Dakin spent Sunday preparing for Passover dinner. The couple got married after New York State made same-sex marriage legal in 2011. "
"Religious liberty campaign strikes at gays for discrimination"
"TRNS spoke with Dr. Jay Michaelson Tuesday about how far right conservatives are tinging the conversation over LGBTQ rights by playing the victim."
"With fairness and precision, author Jay Michaelson documents how the principle of religious liberty has been manipulated to play on the fears and values of both conservatives and progressives, as well as secularists and people of faith."
"According to Jay Michaelson, âThere are some people for whom living their Jewish identity is linked to their queer identity, but for others, 2013 isnât 1983."
"Jay Michaelson agrees: "Marriage has always been a matter of state law, and DOMA has been unconstitutional since the moment it was passed.""
"There are more than 31,000 verses in the standard King James Bible. Of those, only six mention a prohibition of homosexuality. The number of verses that teach tolerance are countless, though, says author and marriage-equality activist Jay Michaelson. Overall, they point to a single commandment: âlove your neighbor as yourself." "
"Jay Michaelson âŠ uses a distinctly Judeo-Christian values-based theological vocabulary to argue a considered, articulate political case for gay rights in the USA."
"Said Michaelson, âWe won because we were able to have conversations one on one with people of faith who are not bigoted or close-minded, but are sincerely struggling with these issues.""
"During the weekend, participants heard remarks from Nehirim's founder and best-selling author, Jay Michaelson"
"Jewish writer, scholar and LGBT activist Jay Michaelson is coming to the Twin Cities on Saturday, October 20th to teach about how Jewish and Christian religious texts and values actually support the creation of loving, committed marriages between two people of the same sex, and how amendment opponents can bring a religious perspective to conversations."
"I corralled a video crew, and began studying books on same-sex marriage (Jay Michaelsonâs âGod vs. Gay?â and Maggie Gallagher and John Corvinoâs âDebating Same-Sex Marriage,â among others)."
"Recently, Forward contributing editor Jay Michaelson wrote a long piece challenging the leftwing critics of Israel to reveal their endgame."
"As Jay Michaelson argues, we can ârecognize millennial thinking in our own minds,â and mine seemed to always expectâbriefly, quite irrationallyâan undoing of the world."
"In an essay that's likely to raise some eyebrows on the left -- and be cheered by the right -- Jay Michaelson, a prominent American Jewish progressive voice and gay activist who writes a column for the Forward, comes down hard on the Jewish left wing for its hypocrisies when it comes to Israel."
"Coming out was the most Jewish thing I ever did."
"The flaw of Jewish leadership development"
"Conservatives Skip Kiddushin in Gay Rite"
"Why Donât We Hear More About Attacks on âFlamboyantâ Transgender Women?"
"Jay Michaelson said that Worleyâs comments are âundermining the efforts of more moderate gay-bashers like the Family Research Council's Tony Perkins to disguise anti-gay bias as something other than hatred.â"
"Gambling On Gay Marriage"
"Accurately Describing the Bible Is Not Oppression"
"Author Makes Religious Case for Equality"
"Mark Jordan and Jay Michaelson seek hope for gay religious practice in heretical churches and the Hebrew Bible."
"Are You There God? Itâs Us, The Jews"
"Supporting LGBT equality isnât just a good social value, itâs a religious one, writes Jay Michaelson in God vs. Gay? The Religious Case for Equality."
"âWhen we want to speak, we interrupt,â Jay Michaelson said as he began his lecture. âŠ By interrupting when we wish to speak, âŠ when we see injustice in the world, we step out of line and make our voices clear, or at least should."
"Jay Michaelson was the hero of the panel, maybe even of the entire conference."
"Talk Covers Gay Rights, Bible"
"God vs. Gay? nominated for Lambda Literary Award"
"What are appeal’s chances in Rutgers bias case?"
"The Dharun Ravi verdict does little for other Tyler Clementis"
"New Options for LGBT Jews"
"Jay Michaelson & Friends serve up an evening of learning, and fellowship"
"God or Gay, No Need to Choose Sides"
"Is finding a happy medium on Israel largely impossible?"
"Where We Live [Podcast]: God vs. Gay"
"The Anxiety Over Americaâs Shifting Spirituality"
"Israelâs Jewish Identity Debate"
"Ultra-Orthodox fundamentalists present a false image of the ‘real Jew’"
"‘God vs. Gay’ writer Jay Michaelson on religious equality"
"Book Review: God vs. Gay? The Religious Case for Equality"
"To Accept is Divine"
"My Big, Fat Halakhic Gay Wedding"
"At Orthodox mental health groupâs forum, openly gay Jews get their say and some support"
"Israel’s LGBT community caught in poorly aimed crossfire"
"Gay Wedding Ceremonies Become Issue for Conservative Jews"
"Conservatives Grapple With Gay Wedding Rite"
"Everything is G-D book review"
"God vs. Gay: Does it Really Have to be a Choice?"
"With scholarly insight and painful personal experience, author Jay Michaelson goes far beyond debunking the 6 verses of scripture so often used to condemn LGBT persons by conservative religious leaders."
"Author presents a clear winner in âGod vs. Gayâ"
"Kol Chatan vâKol Chatan: Celebrating with Groom and Groom"
"Jay Michaelson, author of ‘God vs. Gay?,’ will speak at Tampa’s Jewish Book Festival"
"‘God vs. Gay?’ author Jay Michaelson to speak Tuesday, Wednesday at South Florida synagogues"
"Author asserts God and Gay go together"
"Being gay and religious"
"Inspiring LGBT Religious Leaders"
"Religious Enrichment: Jay Michaelson argues that gay people enrich religion"
"Publishers Weekly Review of God vs. Gay"
"Booklist Review of God vs. Gay (requires login)"
"Michael Musto: The Bible is Actually Pro-Gay (Review of God vs. Gay)"
"Queer Rites: God vs. Gay? The Religious Case for Equality"
"Library Journal Review of God vs. Gay"
"Radical Now? Review of Everything is God and Radical Judaism"
"American rabbis call for gay acceptance"
"Arab-Israeli Tensions Spill Over to Pride Celebrations"
"Jay Michaelson on The Debrief with David Ushery"
"Forward Wins Two Awards"
"New Jewish Culture guru here next week"
"Religious groups counsel, advocate on behalf of LGBT faithful"
"One God, two holidays: Passover & Easter at Jewish-Christian tables"
"The Radical Path of Nondual Judaism: Interfaith Implications"
"Yearning For A God We Can Live With"
"Two Generations, One Movement"
"Rabbi Lawrence Kushner discusses "Everything is God.""
"Taste It and You Will See That God Is Good"
"âReligion Is Actually Spiritualityâ: An Exchange"
"Tomer Persico’s review of Everything is God"
"Jay Michaelson is God (and so are you)"
"‘New Jews’ stake claim to faith, culture"
"Where is the Love for Israel"
"Is Jay Michaelson’s God Too Mushy?"
"Guest Column: The I’s have it"
"No Right to Exhaustion"
"MAKOM’s response to Jay Michaelson"
"After Utopia, Loving Israel"
"Even This Review Is God"
"Love for Israel torn between myths, facts: Jewish writer"
"Letâs Talk About Sex: A New Anthology Explores What the Torah Has To Say"
"Re-Engineering the Earth"
"What is a Synagogue For?"
"Carnal, but Strictly Kosher"
"Edge Magazine Review of Another Word for Sky"
"Tibet Takes Its Place At The Seder Table"
"The Sun Blotted Out from the Sky"
"What they don’t teach at Sunday school: the joy of Old Testament sex"
"Velveteen Rabbi Review of Another Word for Sky"
"An Interview with Jay Michaelson"
"Forbidden Fruits: The Queer Shabbaton celebrates a pair of not-so-strange bedfellows: Judaism and gayness"
"25 Rabbis walk into a room…"
"God in Your Body (review)"
"Review of God in Your Body | White Crane"
"Velveteen Rabbi review of God in Your Body"
"Sacred Sexuality: An Interview with Jay Michaelson"
"If the spirit moves you"
"Notes from Limmud 2004: “Women Who Rub: The Rabbis Talk About Lesbians”"
"God Is in the Deltoids"
"What’s between a sauna and a mikva: It’s possible to combine Judaism and Queerness"