A seder plate with lettuce, charoset, matzah, and orange and a bar of chocolate
A progressive seder plate, complete with an orange and a bar of fair trade chocolate (Photo/Flickr-Abraham Wallin CC BY-NC 2.0)

Zionism, feminism and progressive Passover seders: Good for the Jews?

On episode #136 of the “(Is it) Good for the Jews?” podcastAnother 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 haggadahs 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 shtetl milkman Tevye: “Tradition!”

Also, Roman Polanski is a bad man.

Larry Rosen
Larry Rosen

Larry Rosen is a writer, husband, father and author of “The Rabbi Has Left the Building,” a memoir about his son’s bar mitzvah. He co-hosts the podcast “(Is It) Good for the Jews?”

Eric Goldbrener
Eric Goldbrener

Eric Goldbrener is a Libertarian, Zionist, atheist and autodidact technologist. He co-hosts the podcast “(Is It) Good for the Jews?”