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 #219: Preventing hate, protecting your home

One thing you will not learn this week is what sort of home security system protects Goldbrener from his many foes, both real and imagined. Rosen, however, is eager to publicly share his misadventures with homes security because who cares if your house is safe when the coming ice age is unavoidable? Meanwhile, Novato is papered with anti-Jew posters and the usual Jew-hating nut jobs have been busy at work this week. New York thinks it has the answer to this, which begs the question:

Is a hate crimes prevention office good for the Jews?

Rosen’s feeling like the whole thing might be a waste of time, whereas Goldberener, somewhere in the middle of a blizzard of words, feels it’s worth pursuing, but first he has to touch on Israel, college campuses, South Africa, why Jews should arm themselves and if it’s possible, if someone has hatred in their heart, to overcome that via an office of hate crimes prevention.

I feel safer already.

Episode #218: Welcome back, Jews!

This week, Rosen has (finally!) returned to the Twilight Lounge after spending the entire summer away and is eager to share stories of his travels, including struggles with crowds of tourists, censorship, an almost-meeting with Jeremy Corbyn and who Labour thinks are the “real” anti-semites, before moving onto a meditation on the nature of being Jewish in Europe versus in the U.S.

While he was gone, the Jewish world continued on, often with predictable results.  Goldbrener continued to get flamed for telling people what’s what, Israel continued to respond to provocation as it does. The California Democratic Party met in San Francisco and passed a few resolutions, Bernie Sanders remains “rude and cranky,”  Rosen continues to be obsessed with Jews in sports, and:

Is a Jewish school encouraging non-Jewish attendance good for the Jews?

This seemingly innocuous question leads to a serious discussion about the role of religious-based education in the Jewish world versus the role of Jewish education among all other independent educational choices, and features a few surprises, including Goldbrener’s own very brief Jewish Day School experience and Rosen’s insisting on pronouncing “Florida” like his grandmother did.

Where’s Jeremy?


Episode #217: Double standards, Neil Diamond, semi-semites

Welcome to the Twilight Lounge, where the dry rot has been removed and Rosen’s house siding down the hill. This is our last episode until September, so sit back, relax and spend an hour with The Jews (TM), who have plenty to say about dermatologists who’ve been to Berlin, semi-semites and the new Neil Diamond musical. They urge you to steer clear of World Israel News (if you’re susceptible to conspiracy theories and bad news) and Ross Farca (if you dislike Jew-haters who look like extras from Dazed and Confused (and build their own automatic weapons).

Wrapping it up before hiatus, Rosen asks a deep question:

Are double standards actually good for the Jews?

We’re not sure what Rosen’s working with here, but Goldbrener isn’t buying it, at least not on the surface. But does subtext suggest that Jews actually do benefit from “holding themselves to a higher standard?” and is the rest of the world okay with that? Or does the “rest of the world” have its own issues with morality and ethics and double standards?

Unlike that other guy, we like Jews.