About Laurel Snyder

I scribble a lot. I talk too much. I apologize with wild abandon.

The Curse of Ham

By May 15, 2007

I don't know about you, but I'm a big big fan of the "This Week in God" segments on the Daily Show.  They aren't nearly as good as they used to be (because Samantha Bee just isn't funny, and Steve … Read More

Who’s in Bed with the OU?

By May 15, 2007

Yesterday, Jewschool's Mobius drafted an Open Letter to the OU on their New Pro-Abstinence Campaign: If you don’t want Jewish kids to shtup before they’re married, don’t lie and tell them that the reason they shouldn’t is because condoms are … Read More

Esau Was a Total Nimrod

By May 14, 2007

Yesterday, I was reading my son's "Bible Stories for Jewish Children" book… because I'm that kind  of silly. And I found myself glancing at  Esau and Jacob.  Which has always seemed like a complicated story to me.  Unfair.  Even if … Read More

Proof of God’s Existence

By May 14, 2007

Okay, I try not to link any one site too often in too short a time span. But John Spalding is on a roll over at Soma Review. He’s found us an amazing Youtube flick that proves—once and for all—the … Read More

A New Meaning for Aliya

By May 11, 2007

My very best friend in the universe is a Catholic woman who has a lot of problems with the Catholic church (no women in the priesthood, abortion, etc).  But by the standards of most people, my friend is pretty religious.  … Read More

I Forgot Lag Ba’Omer! Did You?

By May 11, 2007

Did we miss Lag Ba’Omer?   It seems we missed

Tomb Raider: Herod Redux

By May 10, 2007

Okay… I don't mean to go on too long about Herod, but after my post the other day I got a weird email from my friend John, who also happens to be a religion writer and the editor of SoMA … Read More

Doubt: A Jewish Tool?

By May 10, 2007

On Speaking of Faith last night… a really interesting interview with author Jennifer Michael Hecht, about her new book, Doubt: A History. Poet and historian Jennifer Michael Hecht says that as a scholar she always noticed the "shadow history" of … Read More