Revolt and Unity Under the Chuppah

When DOMA went down Rabbi David Wolpe took a giant step forward. He unilaterally began wedding gay men and lesbian women under the chuppah despite disrupting a large faction of the tradition bound Persian congregation. Rabbi Wolpe's declaration to wed same-sex couples in the sanctuary inspired a front-page article in the New York Times, citing a "revolt," from his community. Despite possible financial repercussions, his conscience determined his decision. In the article, Wolpe explained; "The Persian community is pretty heavily weighted against the idea of same-sex marriage." Coming from a Middle Eastern Orthodox heritage, and insulated from lesbian and gay communities, it takes a rebellion

Rachel Wahba is a writer, psychotherapist, and co-founder of Olivia Travel/Companies. An Iraqi -Egyptian Jew, born in India, she grew up in Japan. 

The many dimensions of 

displacement and exile are a constant theme in her work as a writer, therapist, and in her activism as a Mizrahi Jew who grew up stateless. 

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