A short discussion about Eric’s choice of yoga wear and an explanation of spin class is followed by yet another San Francisco-centric rant by Rosen, this one centered on poor behavior by hippies in the Safeway express lane (15 items or less). Sticking with his food focus, Rosen then introduces this week’s topic, inspired by a Natanya restaurant-owner’s small attempt at achieving peace in the Middle East:
Is hummus good for the Jews?
It’s not as simple as you might think. To some, hummus is “another form of (Jewish) imperialism.” Lebanon went so far as to produce 10,450 kilos of the stuff in one sitting. But how can hummus be bad? If you’re Goldrener and Rosen, it’s simple: it can’t.
As Rosen adjusts to the new nighttime reality of the Twilight Lounge, the boys settle in for a serious discussion, but first they must explore the differences between “manly men” and Jewish men. Which are more likely to do the dishes? No matter, the real issues are Rosen’s tenuous connection to Israel and his question, given the recent violence, of whether
the Temple Mount is good for the Jews.
Things get heavy at this point, with Goldbrener preaching knowledge about the Middle East, as usual embracing controversy and delivering this somewhat bleak argument: whether or not the Temple Mount is good for the Jews, this stuff isn’t going away any time soon.
It’s night time, Goldbrener is clad in business casual, and multihyphenate (writer/performer/comedian) Fred Raker is in the Twilight Lounge, giving Rosen the chance to pounce on a long-awaited opportunity to explore the role of comedy in Jewish life, and leading to the following question:
Are Jewish comedy festivals good for the Jews?
Mixed in among this discussion are multiple anecdotes about Sid and Marty Krofft, Bob Saget, the ABC late-night variety show “Fridays,” Burns & Schrieber, Devo, Fred’s grandfather’s shoe store in Ridgewood, New Jersey, Flip Wilson, Jews in space and, for the first time ever on (Is it) Good for the Jews? multiple Johnny Carson impersonations.
Fred Raker is pleased to be in the Twilight Lounge.