Monthly Archives: October 2019

Episode #224: Free tuition… and paisley!

This week, Goldbrener declares his love for floral and paisley shirts and tells a horrifying tale of a friend who once had the hiccups for “years.” Somehow that leads to anxiety over the economics of adventure guides and eventually, a general suspicion about the purpose of a digital map of “Jewish San Francisco” and a surprise — a Jewish sports connection Goldbrener actually finds interesting!

Meanwhile, in the world of actual news, Bernie is up to his “I’m not that kind of Jew” tricks again, and an out-of-the-box idea has the boys wondering….

Is a “free tuition for U.S. Jews” program at Israeli universities good for the Jews?

The idea here is that Birthright is the tip of the iceberg; what if 1,000 Jewish-American post-adolescents had a four-year journey into Israel, free of the woke anti-Jewish harassment endemic to U.S. college campuses? Would it work? Would the anti-Zionist coalition collectively roll its eyes while insisting that some of its best friends are Jews? Should Israel care?

Inject this into my veins.

Episode #223: Ayatollah redux, FaceTiming strangers

Brace yourselves, real San Franciscans: it’s 85 degrees in October and Rosen is on the warpath (again), chewing gum and reusing his non-reusable plastic bottle only hours after surviving an embarrassing morning FaceTime incident.

But stick around, because this is a lively episode of (Is it) Good for the Jews? that touches on the World Series, Father Guido Sarducci, Impossible burgers, anti-semitism (of course) and the boys’ differing understandings thereof and free speech for terrorists on Twitter, before finally asking:

If the Mossad had assassinated the Ayatollah in 1979, would it have been  good for the Jews?

A soon-to-be-published book by former Mossad Agent Yossi Alpher claims that Iran’s PM gave the Israeli intelligence agency the go-ahead to take out the Ayatollah. Would the resulting butterfly effect have benefitted the Jews? The answer to this is far murkier than one might think.

Use once or 40 times?

Episode #222: Do you like being Jewish?

This week, Rosen has no wifi and his dog is covered with poo, but this is the least of his worries. He is having (another?) Jewish crisis. A chance beach meeting with celebrating Jews has him spinning into a bout of Jewish self-loathing and a very different sort of episode.

Meanwhile, Goldbrener loves being a Jew…except for the religion part. Meanwhile, his partner is opening a vein over his Jewish ambivalence, leading to a flood of questions, suggestions and kvetching (?) about city living, being Jewish and the real meaning of “self-hating Jew,” until finally Goldbrener wraps it up with his interest in Jews’ role in the development of psychology and his hopes for a better society.

Triggered by a shofar.