Jay Michaelson argues that meditation helps us craft a response to make the situation better, instead of just making ourselves feel better.
Many American Jews think they’re supporting a reasonable, conservative, hawkish-on-Israel Republican Party. But Jay Michaelson says that party simply isn’t on the ballot.
More than anything, Rabbinical Council of America’s and Agudath Israel’s actions underscore the misfit between our denominational boundaries and our actual identities as Jews, Jay Michaelson writes.
Israel supporters are filing a lawsuit to make Facebook censor ‘incitement’ to terrorism. Jay Michaelson says legal tricks won’t work here — but crowdsourcing might.
Israel will win this phase of the conflict with the Palestinians, despite being partly at fault for the bloodshed, Jay Michaelson writes. But when this is what ‘winning’ looks like, don’t we all lose?
It’s easy to dismiss Ben Carson’s remark that gun control caused the Holocaust as the ravings of a man who makes Donald Trump seem circumspect. Except, as Jay Michaelson points out, millions of Republicans believe the anti-Semitic canard.
It’s easy to mock the faithful — until something really bad happens. In his new book, Jay Michaelson explores the role of grief in the search for Jewish spiritual meaning.
Jay Michaelson believes kapparot is a superstitious practice that has no place in modern Judaism. But he explains why many who protest the chicken-swinging rite are just as close-minded as the fundamentalists they decry.
Now that senseless gun violence has claimed more lives, what can we do to stop the cycle? Jay Michaelson says it’s time for us as Jews to take the issue personally.