Episode #109: “Pokemon Go, Amar’e Goes.”

After simultaneous weekend trips to rural Californian towns, Rosen and Goldbrener return to the Twilight Lounge as personifications of last week’s “Jews in small towns” thesis, revisiting issues of big city snobbishness, sleeve tattoos, beat-up towns vs. snooty, high-end towns and restaurants that once served elk steak but now dish up crab cakes. Meanwhile, the world of sports is both good and bad for the Jews, and Jewish institutions are either adapting or closing and the boys are moving on to the pressing issue of the day:

Is Pokemon Go good for the Jews?

Less than a month into its lifespan, Pokemon Go has seemingly entranced the entire world; Americans, Europeans, Jews, Christians, the President of Israel, Gazans and BDS proponents… all have embraced the latest gaming craze/Zionist conspiracy/gambling trigger/effective activist tool/racist indicator — and all have infused the colorful, lovable Pokemons with their own agenda. What say you, Jews? Holocaust memorial trampling aside, where does “catch ’em all” culture fit into your worldivew?


Welcome to the tribe, Amar’e!

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.”