This week, Goldbrener declares his love for floral and paisley shirts and tells a horrifying tale of a friend who once had the hiccups for “years.” Somehow that leads to anxiety over the economics of adventure guides and eventually, a general suspicion about the purpose of a digital map of “Jewish San Francisco” and a surprise — a Jewish sports connection Goldbrener actually finds interesting!
Meanwhile, in the world of actual news, Bernie is up to his “I’m not that kind of Jew” tricks again, and an out-of-the-box idea has the boys wondering….
Is a “free tuition for U.S. Jews” program at Israeli universities good for the Jews?
The idea here is that Birthright is the tip of the iceberg; what if 1,000 Jewish-American post-adolescents had a four-year journey into Israel, free of the woke anti-Jewish harassment endemic to U.S. college campuses? Would it work? Would the anti-Zionist coalition collectively roll its eyes while insisting that some of its best friends are Jews? Should Israel care?
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!