After one month away, the boys re-enter the Twilight Lounge to offer the sad explanation for their absence and then ease into a new episode featuring Goldbrener’s new Trotskyite look, Ayelet Waldman’s head-scratching take on Hanukkah, what made Sam into Sam and other sundry items before diving into the elephant in the room:
Is recognizing Jerusalem as the capitol of the Jews good for the Jews?
Eric is concerned about how easily we “can be bought” while explaining how this latest Trumpian move (or non-move) fits into the big picture of Middle East politics. In the end, the boys admit they can’t see this as bad for the Jews, despite an overwrought and perhaps overlong (yet accurate) no-trip-to-Disneyland analogy.
Enter, if you dare, into a Twilight Lounge where Rosen is laid low by a possibly contagious respiratory illness and crazy people are masquerading as racists on BART. In-between coughs and Ann Murray references, the boys manage to share the good news about Jews in baseball, including Joc Pederson’s Jewish San Francisco connection. A quick look at Hollywood pedophiles leads to the appearance of noted Jewish journalist Bernie Bernstein, and…
Bernie Bernstein is not good for the Jews.
Nor is he good for the Twilight Lounge, as Goldbrener’s extrapolation turns into a deep dive into the purposes and corruptions of the country’s two major political parties, rather than an examination of something that is or isn’t good for the Jews, ending with Rosen’s ham-fisted attempt at explaining the purpose, use and misuse of “persuasion.”
This week we offer a streamlined episode of your favorite Jewish-themed podcast, launching into a long “what would you do?” examination of incidents happening on the Bay Area’s rapid transit system, BART, before returning again to the latest Larry David-related news. Was his SNL joke a joke about the Holocaust? Or was it about himself?
For our main event, we return to an area of Goldbrener expertise and great interest, the Middle East, to ask:
Is a reformed but unstable and perhaps provocative Saudi Arabia good for the Jews?
Self-styled reformer Modammed Bin Salman Bin Abdul Aziz is making waves in Saudi Arabia, jailing opponents and rattling swords with Iran and its proxies. Is there any way this — and the prospects of an official Israel-Saudi alliance — could be good for the Jews? Listen in as your favorite bearded Libertarian breaks it down.