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 #225: Rags to riches

Don’t let Rosen’s migraine-induced miasma prevent you from enjoying this raucous episode of your favorite Jewish podcast. Instead, step into the Twilight Lounge to hear about Hamas’ never-ending threats, little kids dressed as Hitler, Goldbrener’s uniquely punk rock take on the shock value of the swastika and Rosen’s unsettling question about the anti-semites’ end game.

On to this week’s question:

Is Barney Pressman good for the Jews?

The founder of Barney’s is a cliche and an undeniable truth all in one. Are the lessons we learned from the rise and fall of his eponymous clothing business and the corresponding discussion about the “rags to riches”  story evidence of a valid American dream? And are Jews invited?

Saloons, yes; synagogues, no.

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.

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