This week, we invite you to slip past the gargoyles and enter the protected safety of the Twilight Lounge, where talk of Hulk Hogan and Walt Disney’s original intent quickly gives way to more serious discussions of nostalgia vs, the reality of the past and matters relevant to the world of Jews and Jews Who Care About Israel. Goldbrener’s Twitter feed posts are our jumping-off point for questions about the latest dust-ups in Gaza, sorting out the role of Turkey in a re-made Middle East and the accuracy of Rosen’s childhood understanding of Arab countries and Anwar Sadat. After a deep dive into the circumstances that led to a pair of Palestinian doctors losing their jobs, the boys arrive at the question of the day:
Is there any way to “educate” on-campus anti-semites?
There’s no way to even pretend that BDS movements and Jew-excluding “intersectionality” movements are good for the Jews, so this week, on the strength of Rosen’s application of the Sean Penn Theory, we look for alternatives to the time-honored Jewish “lets educate them” paradigm. Spoiler: there aren’t any.
Take a trip back into the nascent days of (Is it) Good for the Jews? when all subjects were on the table and long-form conversation ruled the day as the boys plop down on the comfortable Twilight Lounge sectional and touch on a myriad of topics without actually getting to the real issues of the day. Long walks, aging bodies, poorly behaved cats (and dogs), interacting with crazy/unpredictable people and excising the word “amazing” from your vocabulary are discussed, as is “Jerry Day” and Dennis Rodman’s broken penis.
Is riffing on a variety of subjects good for the Jews?
Rosen and Goldbrener do touch on topics with Jewish relevancy this week, including the looming fact of Israeli dominance in the generic drug field and its potential effect BDS supporters, whether or not $43 million in World Vision funds were diverted to Hamas and why Palestinians won’t move to their shining new city in the West Bank before returning to otherwise timely things like Libertarianism (naturally), “Prius politics” and what it means to “contribute to society.”
After simultaneous weekend trips to rural Californian towns, Rosen and Goldbrener return to the Twilight Lounge as personifications of last week’s “Jews in small towns” thesis, revisiting issues of big city snobbishness, sleeve tattoos, beat-up towns vs. snooty, high-end towns and restaurants that once served elk steak but now dish up crab cakes. Meanwhile, the world of sports is both good and bad for the Jews, and Jewish institutions are either adapting or closing and the boys are moving on to the pressing issue of the day:
Is Pokemon Go good for the Jews?
Less than a month into its lifespan, Pokemon Go has seemingly entranced the entire world; Americans, Europeans, Jews, Christians, the President of Israel, Gazans and BDS proponents… all have embraced the latest gaming craze/Zionist conspiracy/gambling trigger/effective activist tool/racist indicator — and all have infused the colorful, lovable Pokemons with their own agenda. What say you, Jews? Holocaust memorial trampling aside, where does “catch ’em all” culture fit into your worldivew?