Monthly Archives: July 2018

Episode #186: Of mice, Sascha, Mark and Birthright

This week, the boys reconvene in the Twilight Lounge to discuss Rosen’s adventures with mice, Goldbrener’s complete mastery over gophers and a panoply of Jewish issues and news. Should Facebook permit allow the ravings of Holocaust deniers? What would Steve Jobs do? If a Jew-hater gets 25 percent of the primary vote in Contra Costa County, should we be worried?

Is Sascha Baron Cohen good for the Jews?

Though this seems like this question could take hours to answer, it doesn’t, which affords us the mixed blessing of enough time to disagree over the recent phenomenon of Birthright kids who ditch the program in the most a theatrical manner possible. Buckle up!

Friendly? No.


Episode #185: Draymond good, Waters, Luther, bad.

Would you feel comfortable driving your neighbor’s car? Rosen does not, which is only one of a litany of gripes, fears and anxieties he brings into the Twilight Lounge this week. Fortunately, Goldbrener is waiting with some real-life advice and tales of eating salami and bread until he runs out of one ingredient.

Meanwhile, in Jewish news, pre-Industrial Age relic Roger Waters is at it again, and a recent letter unearthed from religious icon Martin Luther confirms that he didn’t like Jews. But wait, say historian apologists: you can’t hold him to 21st-century standards! But why is it always Jews? Why was Rosen ineligible for dating Campus Crusade girls? What does 16th-century anti-semitism have in common (and not in common) with 21st-century anti–semitism? Can Jews truly assimilate? Should they?

Lets shift gears to something we can all agree on:

Is Draymond Green good for the Jews?

Oh yeah.

Not your car!


Episode #184: Quotas, Mormons, greedy landlords guy

Rosen is back from what he considered a sub-par road trip (too little time, too many missed opportunities), which the boys use as a jumping off point to explore the nature of Texas, the Navajo term for white people, retiring on a boat, why Rosen thinks all San Franciscans should be forced to take road trips and finding paradise in Laughlin, Nevada.

Onto Jewish news: is hotshot pol Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez responsible for the “greedy Jewish landlords” guy? How can you tell the purpose of rabbinical students roaming Montana from that of Mormon missionaries? What did Rosen’s dad see when he got home from work? And finally…

Is rolling back race-based college admission preferences good for the Jews?

Jews are historically on the losing end of higher education quotas, but do they have any skin in this particular game? Listen in as two ambivalent Jews offer their takes.

Not missed.