Jay Michaelson is the author of three books and two hundred articles on the intersections of Judaism, spirituality, sexuality, and law. His most recent book, God vs. Gay? The Religious Case for Equality (2011) was just nominated for a Lambda Literary award. Other books include God in Your Body: Kabbalah, Mindfulness, and Embodied Spiritual Practice and Everything is God: The Radical Path of Nondual Judaism (2009). His advocacy on behalf of LGBT people in religious communities has been featured on NPR, CNN, and in the New York Times.
Jay holds a J.D. from Yale and a B.A. from Columbia, and is completing his Ph.D in Jewish Thought at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has held teaching positions at Boston University Law School, City College, and Yale University. Outside the academy, Jay has taught meditation and spiritual practice at Kripalu, the Omega Institute, Burning Man, and at universities and religious institutions across the country. In 2009, he was included on the Forward 50 list “of the men and women leading the American Jewish community into the 21st century.”