This week we learn that the boys of (Is it) Good for the Jews? are not immune to the weight of the world, so rather than bring you business as usual in the Twilight Lounge, Rosen and Goldbrener invite you to spend the hour breaking down the recent events in Pittsburgh — not so much the tragedy itself but more the world’s response.
Should we pray for Pittsburgh? Is anti-Semitism “just another example” of a world gone mad? Do threats come from the left and the right? … and what is Goldbrener’s solution?
Nothing about this is good for the Jews.
One light moment: the most San Francisco backpack ever.
Important questions loom over the Twilight Lounge this week: Who has tiger blood? Would every celebrity be as bad a POTUS as DJT? Is it a hate crime if a guy in Irvine makes a to-do list titled “How to kill Jews?” If you’ve met Rosen, does he remember your name? And finally, is it safe to wear a yarmulke in Berlin? If not…
…is hiding that yarmulke good for the Jews?
Recently, a non-Jew in Berlin tested a theory: would he be beat up if he wore a yarmulke? The answer was simple: yes. Reactions to this crime have been all over the map, unwittingly turning your favorite Jews into podcasting versions of Churchill and Chamberlain.
Goldbrener is back from Israel with tales of the Holy Land, leading the boys to dedicate the entire episode to his impressions of the Zionist homeland in 2018. What he saw (young people at clubs, no visible military presence) may surprise you, so let Rosen act as your clueless avatar, peppering his podcast partner with questions ranging from clueless to slightly-less-clueless.
But your Middle East-challenged host has other things on his mind this week, namely:
…what makes anti-semitism different from racism?
Rosen has been reading Marx and listening to John Roderick and Ken Jennings on The Omnibus and has come away with plenty of ideas about the nature of anti-semitism, capitalism and the origins of the world’s attitude toward The Chosen People. Join in and welcome back to the Twilight Lounge!