Passover and taxes are on our minds this week following an unscheduled break to soothe our IRS- and pesach-generated woes. Whether it’s hidden fees and the, “Surprise! You pay now!” essence of quarterly estimates or the challenges of Goldbrener’s seder responsibilities/Rosen’s inability to get invited to dinner that has us down, one thing we can agree on is the ghettoized Jewish Food section of Safeway makes us cringe.
Goldbrener has a plan to make big bucks for Manischewitz and a mid-day or late-night matzo is a thing of beauty, which isn’t enough of a distraction to prevent us from noticing some sketchy goings-on at college campuses and to ask the question:
Is suing white supremicists good for the Jews?
The antics in Whitefish, Montana never seem to end. Now, Realtor Tanya Gersh has decided to sue alt-right gremlin Andrew Anglin for using his Daily Stormer web site to launch a “troll war” against her family. Is this how Jews should fight back?
And finally, R.I.P. J. Geils. Long live the “Jewish Kinks.”
Another week-long break has the boys fired up and ready to lay down strong opinions on the state of America, our loss of optimism and the glories of traveling solo, before segueing into a saddened (Rosen) and wise (Goldbrener) exploration of Women’s March co-founder Linda Sarsour’s confounding hypocrisy. Finally, after celebrating a new Jew, they arrive at this week’s question:
Is an “evolved” Passover good for the Jews?
Today’s Jews no longer must endure boring Hagaddahs and “limited” Passover plate symbolism, but is that a good thing? While Goldbrener argues that Judaism is structurally wedded to evolution, growth and change, Rosen calls for, in the words of legendary Jew/shtetl milkman Tevye, “tradition!”
Passover is upon us, so we’d be bad Jews were we to ignore it for this week’s show. You’ll have to slog through examinations of the Mid-Century Modern design and lifestyle, Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Catera’s bar mitzvah, various Jewish celebrities and a new “screw that guy,” but eventually we will ask a question of paramount importance, namely:
is a Disneyworld Passover good for the Jews?
Magicians! Hypnotists! Puppet shows! Comedians and musicians! Mickey, Minnie and the Haunted Mansion! Does this sound like Passover to you? How about a semi-private Seder at a resort in Scottsdale? It works for Joe Fogel. Would it work for you?