Author Michael Chabon will not be ignored (by this podcast), but first: Rosen fears he has a flat tire and a broken hand and a busy Goldbrener has no time for poker. There is no “English Bob Dylan,” and the refrigerator in the bathroom is actually a coffee station in the office. Rosen is offended both by Orthodox Jews who refuse innoculations and the Trophy Wife Contract; all appetizers for this week’s main course:
if a bunch of writers visit the West Bank, is that good for the Jews?
Chabon and co. were shaken by “the worst case of injustice” they’d ever seen, and will be writing a book in response. Is this the kind of “tough love” Israel needs? Or is it a case of American Jews passing judgement based on partial information? And now that they’ve identified a problem (that may or may not have needed identifying), who’s got a solution?
Two weeks into his wife’s business trip, Rosen is working his way back from the bottom. He’s shaved, showered and ready to discuss the richest Jew in the world, Soda Stream and Goldbrener’s love for a hermit-like existence. It’s all a warm-up, though, to the main event, which asks
Is Amy Schumer’s Potentially Offensive Tweet Good for the Jews?
Among the issues brought up: anti-semitism, “it’s a black thing,” the origins of the outrageous legend that says Jews have horns. Also, biblical translation errors, Michaelangelo, the Middle Ages, kangaJews, Jackie Mason imitations, the power of repurposing stereotypes and Schumer’s tendency to work blue.
The boys display mad conversational skillz this week, turning a Star Wars discussion into one about the nature of military structure and whether Jedi knights operate according to a martial philosophy, then smoothly moving onto this week’s topic:
Is eating Chinese food on Christmas good for the Jews?
Somehow, this leads to a somber meditation on faith as a destination versus faith as a means to an end and whether a”religious experience” involves mindfulness or rapture. Go figure.