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.
Cool weather and hot topics are the rule in the Twilight Lounge this week, as Goldbrener challenges the efficacy of “wanting to see (a rude Uber driver) realize he’d done wrong rather than wanting him to fear for his life” and Rosen asks how hard it is to find a white supremacist in San Francisco. Meanwhile, the Hebrew Hammer has returned, Omri Casspi is crashing Jewish weddings, there’s a kibbutz reality show on the BBC and Nigel Farage is reminding us that the ZOG still controls the U.S.
Moving onto what appears to be a light, controversy-resistent topic, Rosen asks:
Is razing an old synagogue good for the Jews?
…and is proven wrong. Much discord is wrung out of this seemingly-benign question, with Rosen coming down hard on the side of historic and community preservation and Goldbrener chalking that all up as rote sentimentality. In the end, however, the boys somehow arrive at the same conclusion.