Michaelson has held teaching positions at Boston University, Yale University, and New York City College with a focus on religion, law, and ethics. His 1998 Stanford Environmental Law Journal article on geoengineering and climate change was described as "seminal" by Salon Magazine and he is regarded as an early advocate of the policy.
Michaelson has been noted as an innovator and occasional gadfly in the American Jewish community, and was listed in the Forward 50 list of influential American Jews in 2009. He founded Zeek: A Jewish Journal of Thought and Culture in 2002 and Nehirim, an LGBT Jewish organization, in 2004. In 2009, Michaelson's essay entitled "How I'm Losing My Love for Israel" generated substantial controversy in the Jewish world, eliciting responses from Daniel Gordis, Jonathan Sarna, and others.
God in Your Body: Kabbalah, Mindfulness, and Embodied Spiritual Practice. Michaelson's first book, God In Your Body, discusses an embodied path to spirituality, culling from mystical and traditional Jewish traditions, as well as Buddhism and meditation.
Another Word for Sky. Michaelson's first book of poetry reflects on many of the issues explored in his previous work, including spirituality, mysticism, materialism, and sexuality. One reviewer stated that "Michaelson sustains an intimate tonality that frames even obtuse sketches of people and place, but always with economy and concrete imagery."
Everything is God: The Radical Path of Nondual Judaism. Michaelson's third book is regarded as the first work of theology of the so-called "New Jewish Culture".
God vs. Gay? The Religious Case for Equality. Michaelson's fourth book argues that the preponderance of Christian and Jewish values support, rather than oppose, full equality for lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender persons. It was a finalist for a 2012 Lambda Literary Award.
God vs. Gay?: The Religious Case for Equality by Jay Michaelson
Series: Queer Action / Queer Ideas
Paperback: 232 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press (May 8, 2012)
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Does the Bible prohibit homosexuality? No, says Bible scholar and activist Jay Michaelson. But not only that: Michaelson also shows that the vast majority of our shared religious traditions support the full equality and dignity of LGBT people. In this accessible, passionate, and provocative book, Michaelson argues for equality, not despite religion but because of it.
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