About Laurel Snyder

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

A (Brief) Jewish Guide to Christian History (Part II)

By April 27, 2007

When we left off, a loosely organized band of Jesus-loving Jews had just begun to form “a religion”.  What happened? Then they split up again: Orthodoxy and Catholicism  Then what happened?  Well, you have to bear in mind that as … Read More

A (Brief) Jewish Guide to Christian History (Part I)

By April 27, 2007

I’ve begun to notice that a lot of Jews don’t really know anything about Christianity. Which is not to say that we should, but I’m a little surprised that we can live in this “host” culture, be constantly surrounded by … Read More

A Rabbi Will Come to Your House and Lecture You… FREE OF CHARGE!

By April 26, 2007

Okay, I can’t promise these people aren’t super-nutso-freaks… but I’ve discovered a website that offers free Rabbinical housecalls.  So of course I had to share: Whatever topic of Jewish interest you would like to learn, we can arrange an at-home … Read More

“The Jew”

By April 26, 2007

Maybe this will seem like an odd post, but I have to bring this up today. Because I can’t stop thinking about it…   What do you think of “The Jew” as an offensive term (or “a Jew” for that matter)?  … Read More

You Can Pick Your Friends…

By April 25, 2007

Over the last few years, I’ve become involved with several listservs that have really changed my life.  And while it sounds a little odd—virtual friendship—it’s also special.  It doesn’t take the place of friendship in the real world of course … Read More

Jews for Jesus?

By April 25, 2007

There’s an interesting piece over at Nextbook, about Sholem Asch, the Jewish writer best known for his work on Jesus: In 1939, at the height of Hitler's power, Asch published The Nazarene, a thick historical novel based on the life … Read More

“Jewish American Heritage Month” Kinda Bugs Me

By April 24, 2007

Did you know that we’re about to enter Jewish American Heritage Month?  I didn’t! Which is cool, I guess, in a “token” kind of way. George W. Bush has this to say on the subject:  Through their deep commitment to faith, … Read More

Kosher Organ Donation? Right on!

By April 23, 2007

Posting about burial this morning got me thinking about death… which got me thinking about organ donation… which got me thinking about how messed up it is that Jews aren’t supposed to donate their organs.  Or so I thought. See, … Read More