Episode #140: “Neil Diamond, Rosen rants.”

A week away finds the boys brimming with energy, which Rosen unfortunately uses as fuel for his latest San Francisco rant, which eventually veers into crackpot territory. Fortunately, Goldbrener has his back, creating a safe space that allows Rosen to present his next conundrum: well-meaning but anti-semitic landlords. Next up: an attempt to pump up Lag B’Omer, a long inevitable study of DJT’s latest, Goldbrener’s love of foot massages and then:

 Is Neil Diamond good for the Jews?

To Goldbrener, this is an open-and-shut case; of course the Solitary Man is good for the Jews! But hold on; Rosen is not so sure. The timing of “The Jazz Singer” led to blonde girls singing “Kol Nidre” at his high school and he recalls an adolescence when Diamond’s Jewfro and bedazzled shirts made life difficult for low-key Jews. There’s no arguing Neil’s songwriting chops, but why couldn’t he be cool like Lou Reed?

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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.”