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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Lots of questions this week: Is the “Jew coup” behind the impeachment hearings? We’re so busy running banking, the media and the weather, how would we have time? Is Amazon evil, or is it what we want? Are we overreacting about the Auschwitz Christmas ornaments? What is a “motivator?” Is Wal-Mart opening a store in Israel?
Meanwhile, Crocs are coming back. Once on the brink of bankruptcy, the heinous-looking faux clog is now experiencing a fashion renaissance. But…
Are crocs good for the Jews?
No, they are not. Crocs are an abomination. Don’t wear them to synagogue.
There’s a party upstairs, but we’re not invited. Instead, join a bruised and weary Rosen and a jaunty Goldbrener for tales of elderly (yet still annoying) dogs and their incompetent owners and European soccer teams who lean into their opponents’ anti-Semitism.
The good news is that the boys continue on in a light vein, featuring the unfettered joy that is Sam Rosenbaum and the ease of observant white-collar Jews in a minimum-security federal prison, until a certain snack food prompts the following question:
Is cliched Jewish humor tropes as marketing good for the Jews?
When you call a cartoon drawing of a cliche-spewing “bubbe” your muse and pepper your web site with equally tired Jewish humor tropes, are you actually trying to sell your product to Jews? Or are certain Gentiles, those “semi-semites” who make us feel great in the face of an increasingly hostile world, the key to this enterprise?
There’s plenty of ranting going on in the Twilight Lounge this week, thanks to the kid playing video games in the library. Thus triggered, Rosen descends into a somewhat thoughtful monologue that ends with the boys imagining their own (non-existent) Wikipedia pages and waxing nostalgic about their childhood audio experiences.
Also mentioned this celebrity-laden week: Israeli boxers, Roman Polanski, Quentin Tarantino, Tel Aviv, Mike Tyson, Terri Nunn and Marv Gomez, the Leatherman, Bruno Mars and the farcical adventures of Bernie Sanders.
On to this week’s question:
Is Jeff Goldblum good for the Jews?
I’ll tell you this much: he’s better for the Jews than Bernie is.