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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.

 

Episode #216: “Concentration” camps, Vegans

It is into an under construction Twilight Lounge that the boys descend this week, willfully ignoring the chaos that surrounds them (for the most part, until the smoke detector goes off). After a two-week layoff, Goldbrener has returned from his Sequoia Park poker outing to muse on potential guest hosts during Rosen’s upcoming summer-long European trip. Spoiler alert: there will be no guest hosts.

Rosen then explains why nobody in college likes the sober guy with the guitar before segueing into Jewish news, including: problem with Jewish foreskin inspectors, Impossible Burgers(TM) and AOC’s latest headline-stealing stunt. From here things, as they do, get serious, as the boys try to solve the border crisis before backpedaling and asking:

Are Vegan delis good for the Jews?

Honestly, what’s the big deal? Bring it on.

Would you trust a tiny smoke detector?

 

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.