About Jay Michaelson

Jay Michaelson is a columnist for the ForwardZeek: A Jewish Journal of Thought and Culture (which he co-founded in 2002), and Reality Sandwich magazines, and the executive director of Nehirim: GLBT Jewish Culture & Spirituality.  He recently returned (in February 2009) from five months of silent meditation retreat in Massachusetts and Nepal.  Jay is the author of God in Your Body: Kabbalah, Mindfulness, and Embodied Spiritual Practice (2007), Another Word for Sky: Poems (2008), and Everything is God: The Radical Path of Nondual Judaism (2009). A recent visiting professor at Boston University Law School, Jay has taught at Yale University, City College, Elat Chayyim, the Wexner Summer Institute, and many other institutions. Jay holds an M.A. in Religious Studies from Hebrew University, where he currently is pursuing his Ph.D., as well as a J.D. from Yale and B.A. from Columbia.

Blogging the Cleanse #5: The Routinization of Fasting

By April 27, 2007

Okay, so to get to the important stuff first: no, I didn't get a colonic. I did actually try to schedule one, because my nutritionist-facilitator did, and I thought, well, misery loves company. But the practitioner was all booked up. … Read More

Blogging the Cleanse #4: Suddenly, I Feel Like Dancing

By April 25, 2007

            I mean, I guess you can get used to anything.  Dukkha day is over, and I feel fine; this is the Cleanse Feeling that the nutrition fanatics talk about.  Sure, my belly feels hungry, but I'm so used to … Read More

Blogging the Cleanse #3: Dukkha Day

By April 24, 2007

Well, today was harder. Dukkha day, they'd call it on a meditation retreat; the "day of suffering" when the initial thrill is off and the hard work really begins. My dukkha day started early — around 5:15 in the morning, … Read More

Blogging the Cleanse #2: Just Like Beyonce

By April 23, 2007

I feel like Oprah Winfrey. 48 hours without food, and I must've dropped five pounds already. More, probably — I don't actually own a scale. And all this with only slight mental discombobulation, a few confused numbers and lapses of … Read More

Blogging the Cleanse, #1: Why I Am Going To Fast For Six Days and Drink Nothing But Lemonade

By April 22, 2007

What happens when a New York overachiever goes without food for a week, consuming only a concoction of lemonade and cayenne pepper, and venturing into the often wacko world of the holistic health subculture? Well, I — and you, reader … Read More

Defining “God”

By November 29, 2006

"Talking past each other" happens when two parties in a debate use the same term to mean different things. In the case of Prager vs. Harris, that term is "God." As someone who's been working with religion/atheism for a long … Read More

Yom Kippur and Nonduality

By October 1, 2006

What is the meaning of repentance, if everything is God? On the purely cognitive level, the answer is not complicated. All of us live within the delusions of the ego, the yetzer hara, which sees the world not as it … Read More

My Journey to Flexidoxy – or, At Home on the Slippery Slope

By July 1, 2006

1. Weaving When I was in my twenties, I wrote a book on the philosophy of halacha, as I had come to understand it over a half-decade of being a baal tshuva, one who takes on religious observance later in … Read More