Why not join Rosen and Goldbrener in the Twilight Lounge to celebrate the new year? But will we reach 5778? One fringe-y astronomer says the rapture will take us out before we even get a chance to atone for our first sin.
Some questions addressed this week: Is God a creator or a manager? Why does Morrissey love Israel? What does Rosen’s kid have in common with the children of REM guitarist Peter Buck? What role did Jews play in the history of German beer? And finally:
Is the internet good for the Jews?
Tablet Magazine says maybe not; internet bigwigs act in ways consistent with Jewish values. Rosen says the internet is a place where anti-semites can get traction. Would they have remained anonymous without the endless reach of technology? Goldbrener says, “Hogwash! The internet pays my bills!”
Goldbrener shows up looking “talibanesque,” according to his wife, which sends Rosen into a flight of fancy about how he wishes he missed barbershops but in fact found them to be sources of anxiety. Continuing their hirsute theme, the boys then segue into a study of the cruel ironies of aging, personified by “an inch-long hair growing out of the middle of your nose,” then continue onto a meditation on rites of passage by asking the question:
“Is the senior prom good for the Jews?”
The answer may not surprise you, but the ease at which Eric transitions into talking about the IDF might.
Some people, like Eric, inexplicably made it through the 80s hating this band..