The Gate of Tears | Boston

at Arlington Street Church
351 Boylston St
Boston, MA

Join longtime ASC friend Jay Michaelson for a talk after Sunday services on the subject of his new book.

Sadness and joy can coexist — that is the message of the sixth book by Dr. Jay Michaelson, The Gate of Tears: Sadness and the Spiritual Path. The book is both a personal chronicle of Dr. Michaelson’s coming to terms with the loss of his mother, and a heartfelt spiritual teaching that pain can be our most valuable teacher.

In person, Jay is known for conveying challenging subjects in an accessible, humorous style, and this conversation (not a reading!) promises to be just that. He makes a strong case for authenticity in a time of superficiality, and as a public figure who regularly appears on national media, he argues for a different kind of leadership, one that embraces vulnerability and affirms our deepest humanity.

Praise for The Gate of Tears
There are two kinds of mystics: those who talk about the mystical and those who speak from and for it. Jay Michaelson is among the latter. Gates of Tears is an invitation to authentic mystical awakening offered by a seeker who dares to be crushed by God that he might be freed for godliness. Don’t just read this book; digest it.
~ Rabbi Rami Shapiro, author of Perennial Wisdom for the Spiritually Independent

A stunning antidote to the plethora of “get happy” guides, Jay Michaelson reminds us that sadness is as necessary a part of the human condition as joy, and that in embracing both, we experience what it is to be fully alive. Inspired by religion, poetry, and Michaelson’s honest reflections, Gate of Tears, is a book that — in embracing sadness — celebrates life.
~ Rabbi Dan Ain, Director of Tradition and Innovation at 92nd St. Y.