After 16 minutes of freezing on Goldbrener’s porch, an agitated Rosen enters the Twilight Lounge sporting a broken pair of glasses, still glowing from seeing a middle-aged punk rock show in Arizona and reeling from Mel Gibson’s image rehabilitation repeated pleas at a funeral to “tell me more about Israel.”
Which leads us to this week’s point of contention, in which a softball is once again lobbed toward Goldbrener, who bats it back at Rosen with great purpose. The point in question:
What exactly is Rashida Tlaib talking about?
Spoiler alert #1: your hosts cannot agree.
Spoiler alert #2: Rosen missed the first quarter of the Warriors game.
If you feel you’ve stumbled onto a couple of old men complaining about their ailments, you’re not too far from the truth. Take heart, though; those with the inner fortitude to wade through kvetch-heavy tales of pulled muscles, stress tests and dire diagnoses courtesy of Dr. Google will be rewarded. Rosen will express his views about WikiLeaks and Cyndy McKinney, Goldbrener will explain the difference between anti-semitism and Jew-hating and the central question of the week:
Is offering incentives to move Jews to small towns in Alabama Good for the Jews?
Will be embraced.
Why do the majority of American Jews live in cities? Are we an urban people because of aptitude or fear? And what will it take to convince us to move to a small town? As Jews, are we only allowed access to part of the American Dream? What happened to the Jewish pioneers of the southern United States, and how badly do the region’s small towns want them back? From the comfort of the very urban Twilight Lounge, Goldbrener and Rosen will discuss all of this, and rodeo clowns.
Are Goldbrener and Rosen up to the task when new microphones raise the level of professionalism at (Is it) Good for the Jews? Or will improved equipment just make Rosen’s Grammy awards gripes more difficult to dismiss? Consider this as you ponder this week’s question, merely:
Was western U.S. migration good the Jews?
Have those of us residing in the western states sacrificed our Jewish identity in our quest to move beyond tribalism and embrace the California (or Oregon, Washington, etc.) Dream? Even in Los Angeles, where Jews are more like Jews, can westerners be taken seriously by the “Eastern establishment?”