Finally, Rosen tries to steer the conversation toward Gaza only to encounter a Goldbrener bored with the whole thing. He’d rather ask:
Is the”new” status of the Golan Heights good for the Jews?
Rosen knows nothing about the Golan Heights. Fortunately, Goldbrener knows plenty, so he schools him on this important strategic region, sprinkling in some Druze facts and a demographic lesson along the way.
This week, Rosen and Goldbrener tackle the college admissions scandal and Bay Area media’s gleeful coverage of involved local families and somehow end up blaming Napster for the rise of youthful socialists in the U.S. Having established this, they move onto things Goldbrener finds either distasteful or unimpressive: Exxon, the Black Hat Guys, Rosen’s claim that his mother’s family is Ukrainian and Jexodus. As a matter of fact:
Is Jexodus good for the Jews?
Given the events of the past few weeks, Rosen can’t blame Jews who are considering leaving and increasingly “Corbynistic” Democratic Party. Even so, there’s got to be a better option than being led into the arms of Donald Trump and despite Goldbrener’s impassioned defense of disaffected American youth, Rosen’s not convinced they’re the answer either.
Having worked out their scheduling conflicts, the boys return to the Twilight Lounge to answer the pressing questions of the day, namely: Is there anything left in the world Rosen is allowed to eat? Is red wine masculine? How close did Kimel’s kid’s basketball team get to the state title? Are there any blankets besides Pendletons? Why is the Pope opening the secret Vatican archives?
Meanwhile, the San Francisco Bay Area offers lots of offbeat Purim celebrations, all of which make Rosen uncomfortable, and two young professionals have raised the question:
Is an unaffiliated Jewish meet-up series good for the Jews?
Goldbrener scoffs at this idea. Any time you get Jews together, it’s good for the Jews. Rosen, playing devil’s (rabbi’s?) advocate, wonders if some temples might wonder if Jewbilee is funneling potential congregants away from the shul and out to the bars.