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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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.
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.
Rosen’s dog has balloons on his feet and the energy is low, but that doesn’t prevent your favorite Jews from delving deep into the nature of exclusionary covenants — both written and implied — and the hidden trauma experienced by a Jew at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club. Meanwhile, Jews are experiencing real trauma just up the road, leading Goldbrener to conclude once again that all Jews should be armed and the Jewish propaganda machine (TM) is at it again.