Anthologies featuring Jay Michaelson

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.



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, even as they all move us beyond the “text” as foundational for the imagined “people of the book.” 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.



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. Jay Michaelson’s contribution is called, “Hating the Law for Christian Reasons: The Religious Roots of American Antinomianism.” Published June 2014 by Quid Pro.

The Sacred Encounter: Jewish Perspectives on Sexuality

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

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 Jay’s scholarly essay “Queering Kabbalistic Gender Dimorphism.”

Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion & Spirituality

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 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

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 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