Welcome to the Twilight Lounge, an intact basement gathering space free of puddles, suds and floors made of mud and dirt. Here you will find Rosen and Goldbrener, together again to discuss matters crucial to Jewish life: is it possible to vote for Mayor in San Francisco without being exposed as a bigot? How can we solve homelessness? Why don’t the English like Jews? Is it because they are the wealthiest people in Australia? How can we stop Patrick Little? Who really runs the international banking conspiracy (TM)? And finally…
Was Philip Roth good for the Jews?
This seemingly innocuous question triggers a rumination on the nature of the Jewish people and our refusal (inability?) to hide our struggles, disagreements and warts from the rest of the world. The boys emerge proud of their people, if perhaps (in at least one case) begrudgingly.
Rosen enters the Twilight Lounge with an axe to grind: the city of San Francisco has taken his 32-gallon garbage and recycling cans and replaced them with an enormous recycling can and a tiny garbage can. Having quickly established that you can’t keep The Man off your back, he tries to steer the conversation toward England, only to have it tumble back to Gaza, where Goldbrener has a few gripes of his own, but they’re not the gripes you may have seen coming. It’s clear that Rosen certainly didn’t, as he spends the second half of this charged episode on his heels, wishing only to talk about the Royal Wedding and instead examining the moral responsibilities of a country in turmoil. .
The boys are unhacked, thanks to Dave, and they’re willing to tackle this week’s big Jewish issues, but first Rosen has to recover from the drive to the Twilight Lounge and Gauge Guy’s obnoxious aggressive Prius piloting and Goldbrener must draw a strange parallel between the nine-year-old him and Anne Frank. After considering serving dessert in a pair of shoes, we move onto the elephant in the room, sifting through reams of semi-accurate media reports to ask:
What is really happening in Gaza?
And does it really matter what’s true and what’s not? Episode 177 starts with this question and ends with a sage-like Goldbrener challenging all of us to ignore the noise and move past our prejudices, whichever side of the fence we’re on.