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!
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?