Episode #97: “Bro Mitzvah.”

Rosen has returned from Arizona, Goldbrener is unsatisfied with the audio level and no topic is safe from analysis as the boys launch into Episode #97. Early discussion touches on GPS systems, bachelorette parties, why Ben and Jerry are useful idiots, suing the BDS movement and Kimel’s largesse, before finally giving way to this week’s question:

are bro mitzvahs good for the Jews?

Nervously wondering if he sounds like a racist, Rosen questions the growing trend of “black bar mitzvahs,” a “hybrid coming-of-age rite of passage for young black men based on Jewish ritual.” Is this, as Rosen suggests (ironically co-opting a popular current pejorative), cultural appropriation? Or is it, as Goldbrener suggests, a welcome “nod and a wink” to the value of Jewish culture?

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 Bishop CA: if you’re Rosen, a great place to visit.

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.”