Episode #197: Europe hates us

An illness-wracked Rosen returns to the Twilight Lounge after Thanksgiving, sporting a nasty cough and less than 25 percent laptop battery life, forcing the boys into a truncated post-holiday episode. Join them this week as they recount their respective holiday breaks, touching on turkey skeletons, dog shows and proper snacking strategies before addressing the important Jewish news of the day. What could possibly have motivated Mohamed Mohamed Abdi to run over Jews in his car? How Jewish is Perry Farrell? Is it too late to get tickets for the Yo La Tengo Hanukkah shows? How much does Europe dislike its Jews?

“Is a converting Jeff Tweedy good for the Jews?”

It’s great, of course, but that doesn’t change the fact that one in five European millennials has never heard of the Holocaust, or that 18 percent of those polled in seven European countries think that anti-semitism is, well, basically our own fault. Are the 7,000 who responded to the poll unique? Goldbrener says, “no.”

Spot the rock star.


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.”