I’m a New York Jew and there’s no way around it. Now that I live in L.A. they can call me a Hollywood Jew, but I’m still a New York Jew in Hollywood. Yeah, I know what it’s like selling schmattes and jewlery at the flea markets and I’m proud of it. DB, an older Italian friend of mine, started calling me the Yid Kid (it sounded like the “Yiiiiiidddd Kid!”) and I never minded. I seem to be my friend’s go to guy when it comes to all matters jewey, and that’s cool with me to. Yup, many of the stereotypes hold true with me (except that cheap one, which is mostly misunderstood) especially the love of bagels, knishes, Hebrew National salami, challah rolls, and Dr. Browns cream soda (I’ll even do the Cel-Ray Godammit!).Aside from some short stories that I wrote in the New School of Social Research, I mostly got into Jewish themed writing by accident, when I was exploring the connection between Rastas and Jews. I was getting more and more fascinated by reggae’s appropriation of Hewbrew symbology and I wanted to explore the origin of it, and so after a little research I found Monica Haim’s documentary, Awake Zion, which seemed to be on a similar path. I turned my exploration into two articles, one for Swindle Magazine called, “From Crown Heights To Zion,” and the other for Tikkun called, “Zion Riddims.” Monica turned me on to Matisyahu a good year before he busted out and my interview with him from a stoop in Crown Heights (on Shabbas, no less) ended up being one of the first features he was involved in.zion-swindle.jpgCEL-RAY DAY?What do you think? Don’t Tell me that Dr. Browns may discontinue the Cel Ray classic?pastramicel-ray-1.jpg I’m testing here, but this will eventually be a tribute to Dr. Browns soda, Cel Ray in particular.