About Laurel Snyder

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

The Temple Mount: Open for Business

By May 9, 2007

Over at Haaretz, a story about how an increasing number of Religious Zionist Rabbis are encouraging people to visit the Temple Mount.  Currently, rabbinic consensus in the religious Zionist and the ultra-Orthodox world prohibits Jews from entering the Temple Mount. … Read More

Herod the Jew

By May 9, 2007

According to the HuffPo, an Israeli archaeologist has found the tomb of King Herod.    King Herod?    King Herod: the Jewish proxy ruler of the Holy Land under imperial Roman occupation from 37 B.C. His most famous construction project was … Read More

Beltane Hijinks

By May 8, 2007

Because I know how you all love Wicca, I want to point you to this story, which I found via The Revealer: "For the second day in a row, a Hanover Central High School freshman came to school with pagan … Read More

Who the Hell Was Lilith?

By May 8, 2007

We've all heard of Lilith, but really… who was she?  My vague memories from a women's studies course suggest that she appears in the Torah, but elsewhere as well.  That she's an archetype from our Jewish tradition, but also mythologies beyond … Read More

Important to Remember: People Die

By May 7, 2007

I just found out that Sol Milgrome died last month, and it's very sad for me.  Because I hadn't thought of him in a long time, and now I wish I had. I'm not certain that Faithhacker is really the … Read More

Pretty Little Longhaired Boys

By May 7, 2007

A year and a half ago, I gave birth to a baby boy.  And while I was, of course, delighted… I was also a little nervous.  Because suddenly my lack of Jewish knowledge affected someone other than myself.  I had … Read More

Cell Phones: Evil, But Not Trayf

By May 4, 2007

Forgive me if I really don't understand this, but what's kosher about a cell phone? Apparently, we've now got a hechsher for technology.  And I find this more than a little bewildering: Advertisements placed recently in Der Yid and Der … Read More

Who is Wise?

By May 4, 2007

Okay, so if you don't read the blather in our Faithhacker comment boxes, you might not know that there's been a bit of a brouhaha going on of late.  If this is the case, I congradulate you on your focus, … Read More