Jordan Elgrably

Jordan Elgrably

Jordan Elgrably is an Arab Jew whose father emigrated to the United States from France; his grandparents were Moroccans whose primary language of expression was Arabic. "I'm a Moroccan Jew," he says. "All my uncles and other male relatives were thugs, thieves and rapists. I am the first bookworm in the family, so you can imagine this is a tough legacy for me. In Israel they refer to Moroccans as 'marokai sakeen'; the Moroccans are famous for their knives, you see, which they use without much provocation. As an intellectual, I resent this stereotype. Uh, let me show you my knife."