A week away finds the boys brimming with energy, which Rosen unfortunately uses as fuel for his latest San Francisco rant, which eventually veers into crackpot territory. Fortunately, Goldbrener has his back, creating a safe space that allows Rosen to present his next conundrum: well-meaning but anti-semitic landlords. Next up: an attempt to pump up Lag B’Omer, a long inevitable study of DJT’s latest, Goldbrener’s love of foot massages and then:
Is Neil Diamond good for the Jews?
To Goldbrener, this is an open-and-shut case; of course the Solitary Man is good for the Jews! But hold on; Rosen is not so sure. The timing of “The Jazz Singer” led to blonde girls singing “Kol Nidre” at his high school and he recalls an adolescence when Diamond’s Jewfro and bedazzled shirts made life difficult for low-key Jews. There’s no arguing Neil’s songwriting chops, but why couldn’t he be cool like Lou Reed?
On May Day, a walking intersectionality poster child (complete with crisp new “Free Palestine” t-shirt) sends the boys spinning off into an hour-long exploration of hot button issues that includes Dr. Goldbrener’s comprehensive history of the Middle East and Rosen’s supposing that DJT might be “crazy like a fox,” plus a focus on why San Francisco’s Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration has shrunken so precipitously since 2000.
All warm-up bouts for the week’s main event:
Is Hamas’ new “document of principles” for the Jews?
After a good run as Israel’s worst neighbor, an increasingly isolated Hamas has turned over a new leaf — sort of. While still officially dedicated to the destruction of Israel, the terrorists/governors’ new document includes language that suggests they might tolerate Jewish neighbors… for now. Is this a turning point? Is it a desperate ploy? Is it meaningless? Listen up as we break it down.
A chastened Rosen enters the Twilight Lounge with a tale of his latest brush with the law — in this case “the law” being an elderly North Beach shopkeeper who wrongly accused him of stealing a bottle of water. Goldbrener has his back, though, leaving both of the boys free to tackle issues of anti-semitism among Manhattan City Council candidates and creaky, irrelevant pop stars, despite the news that violent anti-semitic acts are actually down. Meanwhile, non-violent anti-semitic acts are up 45% on U.S. college campuses.
And on the occasion of what was, frankly, a pretty good speech by POTUS for Holocaust Remembrance Day, we ask:
Is having Donald Trump on our side good for the Jews?
The discussion begins with Goldbrener scoffing: of course it’s good to have the President on your side. Eventually, it expands to ask questions about tribalism, the polarized state of the American public, whether DJT was ever an anti-semite and if having his support could be a shonda for the goyim.