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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Passover and taxes are on our minds this week following an unscheduled break to soothe our IRS- and pesach-generated woes. Whether it’s hidden fees and the, “Surprise! You pay now!” essence of quarterly estimates or the challenges of Goldbrener’s seder responsibilities/Rosen’s inability to get invited to dinner that has us down, one thing we can agree on is the ghettoized Jewish Food section of Safeway makes us cringe.
Goldbrener has a plan to make big bucks for Manischewitz and a mid-day or late-night matzo is a thing of beauty, which isn’t enough of a distraction to prevent us from noticing some sketchy goings-on at college campuses and to ask the question:
Is suing white supremicists good for the Jews?
The antics in Whitefish, Montana never seem to end. Now, Realtor Tanya Gersh has decided to sue alt-right gremlin Andrew Anglin for using his Daily Stormer web site to launch a “troll war” against her family. Is this how Jews should fight back?
And finally, R.I.P. J. Geils. Long live the “Jewish Kinks.”
Another week-long break has the boys fired up and ready to lay down strong opinions on the state of America, our loss of optimism and the glories of traveling solo, before segueing into a saddened (Rosen) and wise (Goldbrener) exploration of Women’s March co-founder Linda Sarsour’s confounding hypocrisy. Finally, after celebrating a new Jew, they arrive at this week’s question:
Is an “evolved” Passover good for the Jews?
Today’s Jews no longer must endure boring Hagaddahs and “limited” Passover plate symbolism, but is that a good thing? While Goldbrener argues that Judaism is structurally wedded to evolution, growth and change, Rosen calls for, in the words of legendary Jew/shtetl milkman Tevye, “tradition!”
Rosen has returned from Utah, where he was the “other” kind of Zionist. Goldbrener eschews all manner of exercise. Frank Zappa is discussed, as is the eerie connection between avant garde music and the Antelope Valley. Rosen complains about 24-Hour Fitness (for a change) and animal rights activists’ Purim protests, then celebrates Team Israel and Radiohead, before a slick Goldbrener segue leads to this week’s question:
Is Israel’s ban on BDS boycotters good for the Jews?
On March 7, the Knesset passed a law banning entry into the country by foreign BDS boycott threateners. It was immediately panned by foe and – -sometimes — friend alike. Is all the negative PR worth keeping the country free of visitors hoping to “stir things up?” How big of a danger are BDS protesters to the Jewish State? Was there any other way to address the issue? Do Americans have any idea of what actually goes on in Israel? Will this move give the waning BDS movement a shot in the arm? Can Goldbrener and Rosen agree on any of this? You probably know the answer to the last one…