Celebrate the publication of Jay Michaelson’s new book—and first of fiction!—with an hour of celebration, performance, and conversation, featuring a Q&A with Jericho Vincent.
About The Secret That Is Not A Secret
The Secret That Is Not a Secret invites you into a hidden world of faith, desire, transgression, and revelation. The inhabitants of its interlocking stories are pious and rebellious, mystical and queer, from a Hasidic woman tormented by her husband’s long beard to a closeted gay man repenting of his sins in the mikva. The first book of fiction by Rabbi Dr. Jay Michaelson, winner of the National Jewish Book Award, The Secret That Is Not a Secret is a remarkable work of mystical fiction.
About Jay Michaelson
Rabbi Dr. Jay Michaelson is the author of nine books, including Everything is God: The Radical Path of Nondual Judaism and The Heresy of Jacob Frank: From Jewish Messianism to Esoteric Myth, winner of the 2023 National Jewish Book Award for Scholarship. He holds an MFA in Fiction from Sarah Lawrence, a PhD in Jewish Thought from Hebrew University, and a JD from Yale. Jay is a journalist at Rolling Stone and CNN, a rabbi, a longtime LGBTQ activist, and a teacher of Jewish and Buddhist meditation. He lives outside New York City with his husband and daughter.
About Jericho Vincent
Jericho Vincent is a writer and educator. They are the author of the memoir Cut Me Loose and co-author of the illustrated children’s book Legends of the Talmud. Their essays have been published in the New York Times, The Cut, the Daily Beast, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. Jericho has been named one of the Jewish Week’s “36 Under 36,” and one of The Forward’s “Forward 50” for their writing and community organizing. They hold a master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University, where they were a Pforzheimer Fellow. Trained as an IFS coach, they are currently a Wexner Fellow and rabbinical student. You can find them @thealef on Instagram and at jerichovincent.com.