We begin tonight with a series of rants followed by a lesson in urban civics before delving into the deeper meanings of Purim and the Purim events — some including beatboxing! — scheduled for this year, followed by ever-increasing bomb threats: what do they actually mean? and some unabashedly positive flag-waving for the Israeli baseball team’s WBC success.
Finally, lets ask this:
Are Jewish socialists good for the Jews?
Socialism and Judaism, some say, go together like peanut butter and jelly; but is a room full of white-haired Red Diaper Babies in a non-Socialist country a plus or a minus for a culture that comes by its outsider status honestly? What does the Libertarian Goldbrener think of this? Listen in to find out.
“Where does it end? With people throwing feces at it?
Goldbrener’s in his “relaxing threads” (not to be confused with his “Mexican Lounging Suit” and Rosen’s wearing new shoes, putting the boys in a relaxed mood; all the better to tackle the big issues of the day: DJT’s first address to a (barely listening) congress, Warren Beatty and the Oscars snafu, IKEA catalog problems and — more pointedly — how 100 bomb threats should impact American Jews. Eventually, they turn to this week’s question:
Is “Holocaust tourism” good for the Jews?
Is it unreasonable to expect that visitors understand that Auschwitz is not “just another tourist spot?” Can tourists with no skin in the game be expected to understand exactly what’s going on here? Is it possible to get something lasting out of a concentration camp visit and take a selfie while you’re there?
Rosen’s in a bad mood, but don’t let that stop you from joining the boys as they tackle the important issues of the day. This week, after they wade through psychosomatic illnesses and the root causes of local transit failure, they discuss the results of a Pew Research Report measuring “warmth” toward (or from?) Jews, then dive into one of the more controversial topics in the (Is it) Good for the Jews? universe, namely:
Is the one-state solution good for the Jews?
A spirited debate has followed the revelation that the present U.S. president “is fine either way.” Is a one-state solution preferable to the two-state solution? Is it even feasible? Is two-state a “sacred cow?” Follow the boys as they travel the familiar roller coaster of Middle Eastern politics from the relative safety of the Twilight Lounge.