Speaking Spanish in Jewish school

(Is It) Good for the Jews?

EPISODE #93: “Speaking Spanish in Jewish school.”

High energy rules the airwaves tonight as the boys revel in being back together after a two-week break. They have to get past issues regarding Tom Petty and Tom Waits, bad behavior at San Francisco State, Perry Farrell’s disgusting behavior in 1988, what Jews do in Yosemite and a couple of news items involving Richie Scheinblum, Cal Abrams and Snickers bars, but eventually they alit on this week’s topic, which asks:

Is requiring students to learn Hebrew in Jewish schools good for the Jews?

There are changes afoot in Bay Area Jewish schools; some are offering Spanish instruction and no longer requiring Hebrew. What is the genesis of this trend? Are schools responding to parental pressure or are they trying to broaden their appeal? Is a “Jewish education” truly Jewish if it doesn’t include Hebrew? Is Rosen a bad Jew because he’d rather learn Spanish? How do you pronounce “gestalt?” And finally, beware collegiate wannabes who try to impress Golbrener’s daughter with vague Kaballah knowledge.