jay michaelson

Arts & Culture
The event fosters "generosity and support" that the wealthy might miss out on, he argues.
Religion
Some 500 Burners from all walks of life will be treated to a Friday night Shabbat service unlike any other.
Religion
No one is suggesting that Christians are just like the Islamic State. But Obama did suggest that Christianity is like Islam; both faiths have the capacity to be exploited by extremists.
Culture & Arts
Burning Man is not a "festival." Festivals are basically big parties, put on (usually for profit) by organizers, which customers come to visit. Burning Man is a participant-created community experience, coordinated by a non-profit, that is about radical self-expression in all its forms.
Queer Voices
As for so many of my friends who were present to listen to the president, all the aspects of my life seemed to have come together to help produce positive change. The education, advocacy, community service and political lobbying and maneuvering all have that one goal: to create a better world for the next generation.
Religion
Does being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender have anything to do with practicing mindfulness? Sure. Over the years, many LGBT voices have made themselves heard within Buddhist communities, and have enriched the sangha as a result.
Religion
You may not know the name of S.N. Goenka, who died Saturday at the age of 90. But if you've counted your breaths to relax in a hospital, or if you've ever tried to eat, walk, or speak "mindfully," you've felt his influence.
New York
Thousands of Brooklyn residents can now confirm that the Barclay's Center has indeed impacted our lives -- often far too literally. Cars speed through our side streets, causing traffic and accidents, not to mention a complete absence of parking spaces. The empty promises that fans would ride the rails are now broken promises.
Wellness
So, of course, is happiness. Quickly, this dharma, this teaching, this way, became what its founder claimed it wasn't: an
Queer Voices
Really? Argle-bargle? The term doesn't appear in my dictionary, but I take it to mean an incoherent ramble, the equivalent of gibberish. And to apply it to the legal arguments that a generation of lawyers and legal scholars have debated for years is, itself, offensive.
Queer Voices
Mark Carson's murder highlights the shortcomings of a rights-based, marriage-based approach to LGBT equality, and cries out for deeper, and more difficult, forms of engagement.
Politics
We can all agree that the topic of same-sex marriage draws intense emotions from both sides. But those emotions do not justify branding people who disagree with us as liars or bigots.
San Francisco
Burning Man didn't suck. It didn't seem that different from past years. It had all the magic, community, sacredness, emotional center and impossible-to-describe otherworldliness that we Burners struggle to convey to outsiders.
Politics
Dear Rep. Walsh: I write to protest your antisemitic statements, which have no place in public discourse. I demand that you apologize and take them back.
Queer Voices
LGBT people awoke with a sense of dread to the news of Rick Santorum's near-tie with Mitt Romney in the Iowa caucuses. And yet, this near-win is different, because America is different. Santorum represents not the resurgence of gay-baiting, but its last, self-defeating gasp.
New York
State senator Greg Ball has articulated three specific concerns with the bill -- concerns which, I believe, can mostly be answered. This gap is eminently bridgeable.
Religion
Obviously, Passover's tale is action-packed. But I think it is primarily an aesthetic moment. Time is needed to complete the aesthetic with the ethical. The Omer provides this.