The Gate of Tears: Embracing Joyful Sadness on the Spiritual Path with Rabbi Dr. Jay Michaelson

Sunday, November 8, 2015  3:30pm - 5:00pm

Sadness and joy can coexist. That is the message of the sixth book by Rabbi Dr. Jay Michaelson, The Gate of Tears: Sadness and the Spiritual Path. The book is both a personal chronicle of Dr. Michaelson’s coming to terms with the loss of his mother, and a heartfelt spiritual teaching that pain can be our most valuable teacher.

Drawing on Jay’s fifteen years of teaching in Jewish and Buddhist communities, The Gate of Tears is not a New Age book with easy answers; it is more self-helpless than self-help, and is infused with a contemporary sensibility, skepticism, and, yes, even humor. In person, Jay is known for conveying challenging subjects in an accessible, humorous style, and this conversation (not a reading!) promises to be just that. He makes a strong case for authenticity in a time of superficiality, and as a public figure who regularly appears on national media, he argues for a different kind of leadership, one that embraces vulnerability and affirms our deepest humanity.

Admission fee: 

RSVP November 6, but walk-ins okay. Shoshana Cetlin,

Donations of any amount are appreciated for attending Rabbi Michaelson’s program, checks payable to Temple Israel.

Please send to Temple Israel, c/o Shoshana Cetlin, Tiferet Center, Temple Israel, 125 Pond. St., Sharon, MA 02067 or bring check/cash with you at the time of the program.