About Laurel Snyder

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

80% of College Kids Believe in God?

By May 3, 2007

I just read this story at the New York Times, about the growing popularity of faith and spirituality on campus… and while that there may be a religion trend right now, and while I'm all for faith and spirituality…  when … Read More

Jewish Heretics

By May 3, 2007

This story at American Jewish Life about Jacob Frank, the "greatest Jewish heretic of all time" (part of a regular feature on Jewish heretics!)is really worth a read.  I don't know anything about Frank myself, but he sounds fascinating: He … Read More

Maimonides’ 13 Principles

By May 2, 2007

Today, in response to another post, someone mentioned the 13 Principles (articles, foundation, etc)  of faith (Judaism, Jewish faith, etc) by Maimonides (the Rambam).  And I think it's really important, here at Faithhacker, not to assume that we all know the same … Read More

How Jew Are You?

By May 2, 2007

So I took this silly quiz about Judaism, “Do you know your Matzoh from your Moshiach”, and I got a question WRONG!    Guess which one?  Some of the questions were what I expected (I assume this test was mostly designed … Read More

Why Don’t You Have a Mezuza?

By May 1, 2007

Just saw this post over at Jewschool, and I had to repost!  Welcome to Mezuza Zine, which offers… practical halachos, cool stories, trivia, and other mezuza-related writings and drawings. To include: Basic Halacha of putting up a mezuza and which … Read More

What’s Jewish about May Day?

By May 1, 2007

Today is May Day!  Wheeeeeeeeee!  Now, what the hell is May Day?  I have some vague sense that it involves either Communists, or little girls with ribbons and poles, or maybe Communists with ribbons and poles…. Not to mention Bunny-free … Read More

Then God Created Protestants

By April 30, 2007

So, now that I've stepped on the toes of Catholicism and Christian Orthodoxy, it seems fitting that I innacurately explain Protestantism, which is what we call everything else Jesus-filled. Quick and dirty back-story– in the sixteenth century, a smart anti-Semitic … Read More

The Evolution of Jews… and Evolution

By April 30, 2007

This article in the Chicago Tribune has got me thinking… about religion and books.  Religion and science. Religion and secular ideas… Those wearied by the current feuding between partisans of science and devotees of religion can take heart from an … Read More