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?