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A Long Strange Trip

"What a long strange trip it's been," The Grateful Dead's Truckin' " plays in my mind. My experience as a Jew, personally and politically, continues to be a long strange trip indeed. Inheriting my parents' traumatic background as Arab Jews in Muslim lands, our 20 years of statelessness, my fractured life in India and then Japan in Catholic missionary schools bent on conversion, solidified my identity as a Jew. I first heard the theory "The personal is the political," articulated in my Women's Studies course, as an undergraduate psychology major, at San Francisco State. It spoke to me mirroring my experience as a Jew. Girls and women were radicalized to outgrow and counter sexism, to stop ap

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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