On May Day, a walking intersectionality poster child (complete with crisp new “Free Palestine” t-shirt) sends the boys spinning off into an hour-long exploration of hot button issues that includes Dr. Goldbrener’s comprehensive history of the Middle East and Rosen’s supposing that DJT might be “crazy like a fox,” plus a focus on why San Francisco’s Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration has shrunken so precipitously since 2000.
All warm-up bouts for the week’s main event:
Is Hamas’ new “document of principles” for the Jews?
After a good run as Israel’s worst neighbor, an increasingly isolated Hamas has turned over a new leaf — sort of. While still officially dedicated to the destruction of Israel, the terrorists/governors’ new document includes language that suggests they might tolerate Jewish neighbors… for now. Is this a turning point? Is it a desperate ploy? Is it meaningless? Listen up as we break it down.
A chastened Rosen enters the Twilight Lounge with a tale of his latest brush with the law — in this case “the law” being an elderly North Beach shopkeeper who wrongly accused him of stealing a bottle of water. Goldbrener has his back, though, leaving both of the boys free to tackle issues of anti-semitism among Manhattan City Council candidates and creaky, irrelevant pop stars, despite the news that violent anti-semitic acts are actually down. Meanwhile, non-violent anti-semitic acts are up 45% on U.S. college campuses.
And on the occasion of what was, frankly, a pretty good speech by POTUS for Holocaust Remembrance Day, we ask:
Is having Donald Trump on our side good for the Jews?
The discussion begins with Goldbrener scoffing: of course it’s good to have the President on your side. Eventually, it expands to ask questions about tribalism, the polarized state of the American public, whether DJT was ever an anti-semite and if having his support could be a shonda for the goyim.
Passover and taxes are on our minds this week following an unscheduled break to soothe our IRS- and pesach-generated woes. Whether it’s hidden fees and the, “Surprise! You pay now!” essence of quarterly estimates or the challenges of Goldbrener’s seder responsibilities/Rosen’s inability to get invited to dinner that has us down, one thing we can agree on is the ghettoized Jewish Food section of Safeway makes us cringe.
Goldbrener has a plan to make big bucks for Manischewitz and a mid-day or late-night matzo is a thing of beauty, which isn’t enough of a distraction to prevent us from noticing some sketchy goings-on at college campuses and to ask the question:
Is suing white supremicists good for the Jews?
The antics in Whitefish, Montana never seem to end. Now, Realtor Tanya Gersh has decided to sue alt-right gremlin Andrew Anglin for using his Daily Stormer web site to launch a “troll war” against her family. Is this how Jews should fight back?
And finally, R.I.P. J. Geils. Long live the “Jewish Kinks.”