Episode #218: Welcome back, Jews!

This week, Rosen has (finally!) returned to the Twilight Lounge after spending the entire summer away and is eager to share stories of his travels, including struggles with crowds of tourists, censorship, an almost-meeting with Jeremy Corbyn and who Labour thinks are the “real” anti-semites, before moving onto a meditation on the nature of being Jewish in Europe versus in the U.S.

While he was gone, the Jewish world continued on, often with predictable results.  Goldbrener continued to get flamed for telling people what’s what, Israel continued to respond to provocation as it does. The California Democratic Party met in San Francisco and passed a few resolutions, Bernie Sanders remains “rude and cranky,”  Rosen continues to be obsessed with Jews in sports, and:

Is a Jewish school encouraging non-Jewish attendance good for the Jews?

This seemingly innocuous question leads to a serious discussion about the role of religious-based education in the Jewish world versus the role of Jewish education among all other independent educational choices, and features a few surprises, including Goldbrener’s own very brief Jewish Day School experience and Rosen’s insisting on pronouncing “Florida” like his grandmother did.

Where’s Jeremy?


Episode #217: Double standards, Neil Diamond, semi-semites

Welcome to the Twilight Lounge, where the dry rot has been removed and Rosen’s house siding down the hill. This is our last episode until September, so sit back, relax and spend an hour with The Jews (TM), who have plenty to say about dermatologists who’ve been to Berlin, semi-semites and the new Neil Diamond musical. They urge you to steer clear of World Israel News (if you’re susceptible to conspiracy theories and bad news) and Ross Farca (if you dislike Jew-haters who look like extras from Dazed and Confused (and build their own automatic weapons).

Wrapping it up before hiatus, Rosen asks a deep question:

Are double standards actually good for the Jews?

We’re not sure what Rosen’s working with here, but Goldbrener isn’t buying it, at least not on the surface. But does subtext suggest that Jews actually do benefit from “holding themselves to a higher standard?” and is the rest of the world okay with that? Or does the “rest of the world” have its own issues with morality and ethics and double standards?

Unlike that other guy, we like Jews.


Episode #216: “Concentration” camps, Vegans

It is into an under construction Twilight Lounge that the boys descend this week, willfully ignoring the chaos that surrounds them (for the most part, until the smoke detector goes off). After a two-week layoff, Goldbrener has returned from his Sequoia Park poker outing to muse on potential guest hosts during Rosen’s upcoming summer-long European trip. Spoiler alert: there will be no guest hosts.

Rosen then explains why nobody in college likes the sober guy with the guitar before segueing into Jewish news, including: problem with Jewish foreskin inspectors, Impossible Burgers(TM) and AOC’s latest headline-stealing stunt. From here things, as they do, get serious, as the boys try to solve the border crisis before backpedaling and asking:

Are Vegan delis good for the Jews?

Honestly, what’s the big deal? Bring it on.

Would you trust a tiny smoke detector?