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Heretical, Psychedelic, Hybridistic, Kabbalistic Jewish Mysticism: Embodying Multiple Realms

Broadcast on June 26, 2023
With Rabbi Dr. Jay Michaelson
Hosted by Taya Mâ Shere

At the fringes of Jewish and adjacent mystical traditions, there are distinctive teachings of great value, if we can excavate them responsibly. Rabbi Dr. Jay Michaelson will discuss several of these distinctive teachings, including the meaning of Jewish enlightenment... the grammar of psychedelic experience... transgressing and respecting boundaries... transforming particularism... and integrating hybridity with depth, embodying mysticism and spiritual insights with evidence, reason, and science.

In this session, you’ll discover:

  • The little-known Jewish, Kabbalistic, Sabbatean, and Hasidic mystical teachings, together with ways to translate, adapt, and embody them today
  • New ways to confront conspirituality, narcissism, particularism, and spiritual fundamentalism while affirming the insights of peak experiences and spiritual practice
  • A distinctive conception of enlightenment as a dynamic oscillation between realms, Divine/human points of view, social locations, and levels of reality
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Rabbi Dr. Jay Michaelson

Rabbi, meditation teacher, CNN commentator & LGBTQ activist

Rabbi Dr. Jay Michaelson is an author, journalist, professor, and meditation teacher. Jay is a regular contributor to CNN and Rolling Stone, where he writes primarily on the Supreme Court, religion, and LGBTQ equality. His ten books include The Gate of Tears: Sadness and the Spiritual Path... Everything is God: The Radical Path of Nondual Judaism... and The Heresy of Jacob Frank: From Jewish Messianism to Esoteric Myth. In the academic world, Jay is an affiliated assistant professor at Chicago Theological Seminary, and a fellow at the Center for LGBTQ & Gender Studies in Religion. He is authorized to teach meditation in a Theravadan Buddhist lineage, and holds nondenominational rabbinic ordination, as well as a PhD in Jewish Thought from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, plus a JD from Yale Law School. 

Rabbi Dr. Jay Michaelson