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American Buddhist Perspective · February 7, 2015

"In his insightful essay, subtitled: “Why Obama’s Meeting With The Dalai Lama Is An Empty Gesture,” Michaelson writes: Cham is a Tibetan ritual dance, a carefully choreographed ritual meant to bring blessings to the Buddhist community."

Advocate · December 5, 2014

"Using concordance research we see how the word translated as "abomination" (toevah) shows up elsewhere in scripture. We find that it more accurately means “ritual practice of another tradition that is prohibited to us.” (Thanks, Rabbi Jay Michaelson!)"

National Catholic Reporter · December 3, 2014

"And Jay Michaelson of the Daily Beast is careful to emphasize that even Francis’ most positive comments about gay people have marked only shifts in tone, not changes in doctrine."

MSNBC · November 18, 2014

"“Nobody is against religious liberty,” observed Jay Michaelson, who wrote a report for a progressive think tank on the phenomenon. “Liberals like it, conservatives like it.”"

Tricycle · October 29, 2014

"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."

Vox · October 5, 2014

"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.""

Towleroad · August 12, 2014

"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 “engage” 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-Maliki’s government."

Patheos · July 24, 2014

"As Jay Michaelson observes in The Jewish Daily Forward, “Aronofsky’s 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 them… unlike Abraham, who argued to save the lives of the wicked, Noah just follows orders.”"

Slate · July 10, 2014

"As it turns out, the wonderful Jay Michaelson explained it much better than I did in the Daily Beast."

Tablet · July 9, 2014

"And then there are thinkers like Jay Michaelson who don’t wish to do away with brit milah entirely, but who wonder if there’s a compromise: a way to perform the mitzvah in a way that removes less flesh."

Salon · July 8, 2014

"A useful reference is ”Redefining Religious Liberty: The Covert Campaign Against Civil Rights” by Jay Michaelson, published by Political Research Associates in March 2013."

Interfaith Voices · July 10, 2014

"Open any Torah, Bible or Koran, and the passages about homosexuality seem clear: being gay is an abomination. But these strict interpretations are changing."

Slate · July 10, 2014

"Jay Michaelson’s Daily Beast article on why women are losing in the courts while gays are winning."

Slate · July 7, 2014

"On Sunday, the Daily Beast published a thought-provoking post–Hobby Lobby piece by Jay Michaelson pondering why women are losing legal battles while gay people keep winning."

Huffington Post · June 20, 2014

"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."

Jerusalem Post · June 9, 2014

"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."

Huffington Post · June 9, 2014

"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 “Evolving Dharma,” …"

Forward · May 20, 2014

"Forward contributing editor Jay Michaelson has won the 2014 Deadline Club award for opinion writing."

Haaretz · May 19, 2014

"The three-minute video released ahead of Holocaust Remembrance Day on April 28 sparked controversy. Jay Michaelson on The Forward deemed it “the most tasteless YouTube video ever.”"

New Voices · March 24, 2014

"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."

Patheos · March 11, 2014

"One of the best books I’ve read recently related to those themes is Jay Michaelson’s excellent book Evolving Dharma: Meditation, Buddhism, and the Next Generation of Enlightenment."

The American Prospect · February 28, 2014

"The Citizens United of the Culture Wars"

CNN · February 27, 2014

"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."

NPR All Things Considered · February 25, 2014

"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."

Fusion · February 20, 2014

"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."

Religion Dispatches · February 18, 2014

"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."

Metro Weekly · January 30, 2014

"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."

Windy City Times · January 7, 2014

"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."

Huffington Post · January 7, 2014

"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.""

NPR · January 11, 2014

"Jay Michaelson, a fellow at the liberal Political Research Associates, wrote a report on 'redefining religious liberty. 'I think we'd all agree that a church shouldn't be compelled to perform a ceremony that it doesn't want to perform,' he says."

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