Was born Jewish, raised Jewish and educated Catholic. He is a “Jewsuit”. He is also a husband, father, newspaper and magazine writer, habitual wearer of baseball caps and author of the soon-to-be-released memoir about his son’s bar mitzvah, “The Rabbi Has Left the Building.”
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This week in the Twilight Lounge: is there such a thing as homeless Jews, or are they just play-acting? What does Eric’s bow tie-wearing friend really know about the Iranian revolution? Does everyone in Montana carry a firearm? Is alt-right gadfly Andrew Anglin a coward? And…
Is Radiohead good for the Jews?
Of course they are. And of course Rosen would prefer if they answered their critics by saying, “Look; Israel is a good place.” Goldrener explains why they cannot and also why, he thinks, pompous, would-be-statesman-actual-60s-burnout Roger Waters thinks it’s perfectly fine to compare Israel to Nazis and to lazily call the country the “worst regime in the world” while eye-rollingly ignoring, well, the rest of the world.
In conclusion: Guns and Roses is cooler than Pink Floyd.
It is a triumphant Rosen and a fired-up Goldbrener that meet up in the Twilight Lounge this week to discuss the value of doing chores, especially the kind that save your $80 per month on cable while adding two new movie channels, and to hint at a recent Facebook feud between Goldbrener and a pro-tax activist friend.
Moving onto the Chicago dykes, your hosts continue to hammer this group for their unrelenting “anti-Zionism” (which couldn’t POSSIBLY be anti-semitic) and the questions it brings forth. After a quick (and wholly unsurprising) dip into the future of the Jewish State, we settle on the question of the week:
Is calling out Jay-Z for anti-semitism good for the Jews?
There are two things at work here: first, do we think Jay-Z is an anti-semite? Past actions would point to “no.” Second, and here the boys are less in agreement, by including Jewish stereotypes in a new track, is Jay-Z giving fuel to an anti-semitic fire that never goes out? And finally, can a line about “Jewish people owning everything” force Rosen to boycott a song he admits “is freaking awesome?”
Rosen and Goldbrener convene a day late to welcome a flood of new followers in the U.K., then dive into a typically spirited show featuring mea culpas, mostly factual instructions on how to properly dispose of an American flag, torah hijinks, Omri Casspi, Goldbrener’s Uber driver, England’s problems with anti-semitism and Jared Kushner’s uneventful trip to Israel before alighting on this week’s question:
Are liberal values Jewish values?
This is a jumping off point from which the boys go deep into Goldbrener’s take on homelessness, welfare, drug addiction, mental illness and other societal ills and the role of government and individuals/religious organizations in a before coming back to wonder if calling Jewish values “liberal” is manipulative or talmudically (sp?) correct.