Episode #198: Pray for rain, hide your iPhone

Space heaters make their debut this week in the Twilight Lounge,  warming up the room enough to propel Goldbrener and Rosen into a surprisingly deep conversation about Judaism, the Torah and faith. Before that, though, they touch on all manner of shallowness ranging from smart phone addiction to the cognitive decline of the family dog, from mis-guided Catholic Hanukkah greetings to moronic Berkeley trolls to bringing home the bagels.  When they finally ask the question:

Is an Orthodox rabbi fasting for rain good for the Jews?”

It begins as a lark; Oakland rabbi Mark Bloom, referring to instructions delivered in Mishnah  Ta’anit 1:4, fasted for three days in order to produce rain. And it worked! Or did it? And what does it all mean? Listen up and get more than your bargained for…

Make PETA happy. Bring these home.


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.”