Hi — Jay here.  I’m a writer, journalist, rabbi, keynote speaker, and scholar of religion. Welcome.

I’m the author of ten books, most recently The Secret That Is Not A Secret: Ten Heretical Tales. (You can buy that here.) My book The Heresy of Jacob Frank: From Jewish Messianism to Esoteric Myth, won the National Jewish Book Award for scholarship.

I sometimes appear on CNN and write articles for Rolling Stone, The Daily Beast, the Forward, and my Substack newsletter. Speaking of awards, I won a 2023 New York Society for Professional Journalists award for this piece.  Recent video & audio are here. Articles are here.

I’m also a scholar with a Ph.D. in Jewish Thought, a J.D., and other degrees. These days, I’m a Field Scholar at the Emory Center for Psychedelics and Spirituality, an intersection I find fascinating. And I’m a rabbi and meditation teacher, having worked at the New York Insight Meditation Center and Ten Percent Happier.

I speak and teach often at companies, universities, religious institutions, and conferences.  Come visit me on Instagram.

Here’s some recent work:

On law/religion/politics:

The Growing Panic About Antisemitism

April 5, 2024 in Forward


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




On spirituality/psychedelics/meditation:


The Wisdom of Spring

April 13, 2024 in Ten Percent Weekly


Joe Rogan and the Death of God

April 5, 2024 in Both/And with Jay Michaelson



Altering the Mind to See More Clearly

February 10, 2024 in My Jewish Learning