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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Despite a light-hearted start to this week’s Twilight Lounge sit-down, things quickly turn contentious when Rosen aims his sights at newly-elected anti-semitic members of congress and frequent target Linda Sarsour. Should Jews turn away from the Women’s March because of its leadership?
Seems like a simple question… but no! Goldbrener has a unique and opposed P.O.V.! Tune in as your favorite pseudo-athletic men go around and around, trying to find the answer to this unanswerable dilemma.
This week we learn that the boys of (Is it) Good for the Jews? are not immune to the weight of the world, so rather than bring you business as usual in the Twilight Lounge, Rosen and Goldbrener invite you to spend the hour breaking down the recent events in Pittsburgh — not so much the tragedy itself but more the world’s response.
Should we pray for Pittsburgh? Is anti-Semitism “just another example” of a world gone mad? Do threats come from the left and the right? … and what is Goldbrener’s solution?
Nothing about this is good for the Jews.
One light moment: the most San Francisco backpack ever.
This week, Rosen gives Goldbrener a lesson in personal grooming that includes mentions of Joseph Heller, healthy knee fluid, Jane’s Addiction, Goldbrener facing discrimination at the mall and well-lit magnifying mirrors. Listeners that can stomach this entertaining yet slightly unsettling discussion will be rewarded with the dark truths about the present state of CBGBs, which, naturally, inspires a question:
“Is turning iconic punk rock nightclubs into high-end retail outlets good for the Jews?”
Of course not. And there is much more to discuss this week, like the present-day antics of a former Goldbrener adversary and a bizarre trend in Germany: Jews aligning themselves the country’s far-right political party.
Fact: Perry Farrell has one of these in his house.