Rabbi Dr. Jay Michaelson is…


… the author of ten books, including The Secret That Is Not A Secret: Ten Heretical Tales,  published in December, 2023. Jay’s most recent book, The Heresy of Jacob Frank: From Jewish Messianism to Esoteric Myth, won the 2022 National Jewish Book Award for scholarship.

… a journalist whose work appears on CNN and in Rolling Stone, The Daily Beast, the Forward, and in his newsletter, Both/And with Jay Michaelson. Jay has written over 1500 articles, and won the 2023 New York Society for Professional Journalists award for opinion writing.

… a rabbi and meditation teacher. Jay is on the leadership team of the New York Insight Meditation Center and was a podcast host for Ten Percent Happier for four years.

… a Field Scholar at the Emory Center for Psychedelics and Spirituality and a fellow at American Jewish University. Jay holds a Ph.D. in Jewish Thought from Hebrew University and a J.D. from Yale Law School.


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Jay’s New Book is now available!


A provocative collection of interconnected tales, The Secret That Is Not a Secret invites you into a hidden world of faith, desire, transgression, and revelation.  Learn more.

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Recent publications

Altering the Mind to See More Clearly

February 10, 2024 in My Jewish Learning


The Messiah of Nihilism

January 25, 2024 in Both/And with Jay Michaelson



What the Word ‘Genocide’ Gets Right… and Wrong.

October 31, 2023 in The Forward


Bibi’s War

October 29, 2023 in Rolling Stone


There are a Lot of Jews in Hollywood.  Let a Rabbi Explain Why.

December 11, 2022 in Rolling Stone