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What They Act Like

by David Miller

After school, three seventh-grade boys sit on a bench outside the cafeteria, each waiting for a parent, or a stepparent, a babysitter, or older brother or sister to pick him up. "Who else is Jewish?" one of them asks. "Jonathon Levy," another says. "Jonathon Levy? He doesn't act Jewish." Then they notice me standing nearby and lower their voices. A few minutes later, the leader (the one with the most bleached-out hair of the three) skates across the sidewalk and gets into a steel-grey Range Rover that starts pulling away from the curb before he even finishes closing the door.

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David Miller, author of The Wraith Can't Do His Homework, is a regular contributor to magazines such as Mountain Gazette, and the webmag Matador Travel.

1 comment:

Yehonatan (Jonathon) Levy said...

Funny. I am usually the one, now at least, that everyone knows - "oh he is Jewish, just look at him!" However, I now spell my name with the Hebrew transposed so it is 'Yehonatan' instead of Jonathon. It has been interesting, when I looked like a gentile I had to assert my Jewishness, and now that I look Hassidish I have to assert that I know and understand things about 'the world.' I've written a book about it, called 'The Back On Track Story' for children and their parents. Find it on my site at: http://JudaicCenter.webs.com or on my business site http://AEUnltd.webs.com, thanks!