All posts by Larry Rosen

About Larry Rosen

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.”

Episode #215: Black-Jewish caucus, buying cowboy boots

Sit back, pour yourself a ManMosa and return to the comforting Twilight Lounge for the latest sparring session between your favorite urban Jews, Rosen and Goldbrener. This week, the boys recount Rosen’s Texan boot-buying expedition (and Goldbrener’s run-in with a youthful anti-tech enthusiast) before once again returning to the concept of faith — this time as it applies to religions that are “foisted on you” versus ones that you must pursue. From there they jump to Ashkenazi Jews’ inherited cholesterol, Adam Sandler’s bat mitzvah entertainment and old Jews telling jokes.

Meanwhile, in the news, a government committee begs the following question:

Is the Congressional black-Jewish caucus good for the Jews?

Well… it’s not exactly the ideal, but isn’t any positive step a good step?

Better than Boot Barn.


Episode #214: You’ve gotta have faith

Early morning in the Twilight Lounge means snubbing the guys at the gym (except Ron but especially the Millennials), donning New Wave glasses and diving into intense debates about faith without the benefit of segue. If this is what you’re looking for, you’ve come to the right place.

This week, Rosen and Goldbrener wade into the risks (?) of revealing to the woke world that you are more than pro-Israel; that you are, in fact a Zionist. Goldbrener preaches, Rosen listens. Then they move onto the plight of Rivka and David, whose identity as Orthodox Jews comes with a twist, which launches them into a heightened back-and-forth that does not lead to resolution.  We leave you this week asking not if something is good for the Jews, but instead ask:

Can science explain a religious experience?

We’ll just let you mull that one over for a second.

Goldbrener would challenge this guy.

Rosen would not.


Episode #213: What is Rashida talking about?

After 16 minutes of freezing on Goldbrener’s porch, an agitated Rosen enters the Twilight Lounge sporting a broken pair of glasses, still glowing from seeing a middle-aged punk rock show in Arizona and reeling from Mel Gibson’s image rehabilitation repeated pleas at a funeral to “tell me more about Israel.”

Which leads us to this week’s point of contention, in which a softball is once again lobbed toward Goldbrener, who bats it back at Rosen with great purpose. The point in question:

What exactly is Rashida Tlaib talking about?

Spoiler alert #1: your hosts cannot agree.

Spoiler alert #2: Rosen missed the first quarter of the Warriors game.

Spectacle aspirations.