Jay Michaelson

Rabbi Dr. Jay Michaelson is the author of nine books, including his newest, “Enlightenment by Trial and Error.” He holds a Ph.D in Jewish Thought from Hebrew University and a J.D. from Yale Law School, and is currently a senior editor for the Ten Percent Happier meditation platform and a columnist for New York Magazine.


Articles by Jay Michaelson

Everything About Yom Kippur Is An Invention

While the synagogue observance of Yom Kippur may seem like a stable, solid, trans-historical whole, it is none of those things.

Remembrance of Kvetches Past

Remembering how we've suffered in the past helps us cultivate gratitude for the blessings we have right now.

The Redemptive Strangeness of Yom Kippur

For the ancient Israelites, the Yom Kippur rituals signified a world in which God brought moral order out of chaos.

What is Jewish Spirituality?

What matters in Jewish spiritual practice is less the experience itself than what we do with it.

The Benefits of Fasting on Yom Kippur

Don't believe in God? Reward and punishment? The obligations of Jewish law? Here's why you might want to fast anyway.

Parashat Vaetchanan: A Less Innocent Love

Jews read sections of the Torah each week, and these sections, known as  parshiyot, inspire endless examination year after year. ...

It’s the Purity, Stupid: Reading Leviticus in Context

Jews read sections of the Torah each week, and these sections, known as parshiyot, inspire endless examination year after year. Each ...

Parashat Vaera: Into Life

Jews read sections of the Torah each week, and these sections, known as parshiyot, inspire endless examination year after year. ...

Golem

Making men of clay: Can imitating God extend to the creative realm?