Episode #193: Far-right Jews, CBGB, unwanted hair

This week, Rosen gives Goldbrener a lesson in personal grooming that includes mentions of Joseph Heller, healthy knee fluid, Jane’s Addiction, Goldbrener facing discrimination at the mall and well-lit magnifying mirrors. Listeners that can stomach this entertaining yet slightly unsettling discussion  will be rewarded with the dark truths about the present state of CBGBs, which,  naturally, inspires a question:

“Is turning iconic punk rock nightclubs into high-end retail outlets good for the Jews?”

Of course not. And there is much more to discuss this week, like the present-day antics of a former Goldbrener adversary and a bizarre trend in Germany: Jews aligning themselves the country’s far-right political party. 

Fact: Perry Farrell has one of these in his house.

 

Episode #192: Swiss Tales, Mitzvah Tanks, Ivy League Jews

Rosen is back from Switzerland with tales of aggressive prostitutes, humiliating Starbucks orders, public smokers and odd linens. Meanwhile, in the world of Jews, Brooklyn’s Hasidim are easy targets for Jew-haters looking to blow off some steam. Josh Rosen has (finally) embraced his heritage, and the Mitzvah Tank is on prowling city streets. But unrest is in the air for the Jews. Enrollment is down at Ivy League schools.

“Is this something Jews should worry about?”

Is the latest generation of Jews lazy? Are they enjoying a level of assimilation that allows for Film and Arts majors? Are we losing our edge? This seemingly simple issue has some deep tendrils…

Mitzvah Tank: Unsuitable for wartime.

 

Episode #191: Bad BART, Goldrener’s safe

Plenty of bad news for Jews this week (not surprising), but the bullseye is on BART for taking advertising bucks from a Holocaust denial group (seven years after letting “culture jammers” intimidate it into removing “hateful” pro-Israel ads)  and on Rosen, who needs some time to work through his feelings when an author he knows refers to “U.S. concentration camps.” In brighter news, Mitchell Schwarz is still bulldozing opposing defensive linemen and Toronto Maple Leaf Zach Hyman has written a (third) children’s book. 

On a more personal note, this week we ask:

“Is teaming up to carry a 400 lb. safe good for the Jews?”

Don’t miss the show opening, in which Goldbrener recounts the sordid tale that led to a pre-recording event featuring our boys dragging said 400 lb. safe down his driveway.

No political ads on BART?

We’ll make an exception.