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.
Passover and taxes are on our minds this week following an unscheduled break to soothe our IRS- and pesach-generated woes. Whether it’s hidden fees and the, “Surprise! You pay now!” essence of quarterly estimates or the challenges of Goldbrener’s seder responsibilities/Rosen’s inability to get invited to dinner that has us down, one thing we can agree on is the ghettoized Jewish Food section of Safeway makes us cringe.
Goldbrener has a plan to make big bucks for Manischewitz and a mid-day or late-night matzo is a thing of beauty, which isn’t enough of a distraction to prevent us from noticing some sketchy goings-on at college campuses and to ask the question:
Is suing white supremicists good for the Jews?
The antics in Whitefish, Montana never seem to end. Now, Realtor Tanya Gersh has decided to sue alt-right gremlin Andrew Anglin for using his Daily Stormer web site to launch a “troll war” against her family. Is this how Jews should fight back?
And finally, R.I.P. J. Geils. Long live the “Jewish Kinks.”
Another week-long break has the boys fired up and ready to lay down strong opinions on the state of America, our loss of optimism and the glories of traveling solo, before segueing into a saddened (Rosen) and wise (Goldbrener) exploration of Women’s March co-founder Linda Sarsour’s confounding hypocrisy. Finally, after celebrating a new Jew, they arrive at this week’s question:
Is an “evolved” Passover good for the Jews?
Today’s Jews no longer must endure boring Hagaddahs and “limited” Passover plate symbolism, but is that a good thing? While Goldbrener argues that Judaism is structurally wedded to evolution, growth and change, Rosen calls for, in the words of legendary Jew/shtetl milkman Tevye, “tradition!”