Welcome back to a fully-occupied Twilight Lounge, where this week we find a reflective Goldbrener, in the wake of his youngest daughter’s high school graduation, considering the meaning of parenthood and, eventually, the statement made by Lady Gaga’s meat dress. Rosen wants to discuss Jewish issues, though, so the boys move onto news both good (Brandeis Hillel kid becomes student president of UC Davis) and bad (Julian Edelman gets pinged for PEDs), then tackle a listener-suggested topic:
Is Israeli “brain drain” good for the Jews?
A current Newsweek article outlined a growing trend: educated Jews leaving Israel for opportunities in the U.S. and Europe. Why are they leaving? What are they leaving behind? Is this reason for concern?
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!
Despite Rosen’s best efforts at avoidance, this week the boys wade into the dominant news stories of the day, resulting in a half-hour about gun control. Would a constitutional amendment banning all private ownership of firearms cause a civil war? Should all Jews be armed? How many guns does one need to own an “arsenal?”
Eventually, Rosen pulls the show out of this track, just in time to focus on another topic in Goldbrener’s wheelhouse:
Would a unified Palestinian authority be good for the Jews?
One of your hosts knows a ton about the Middle East and has plenty to say about this, about Israeli-Palestinian (and Fatah-Hamas) relations, about the Israeli government and about the potential results of a unified Palestine. The other host just wants everyone to stop yelling.