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Interrupting the Narrative — A Mizrahi Voice

“This is not my religion, THIS is not my religion, THIS IS NOT MY RELIGION”, the “rabbi,” wails. His soul rending cries capture the audience as the curtain falls. Israel, his once beloved Israel, no longer mirrors him; a terrible betrayal. He can no longer see Israel’s light. There is so much wrong with the play “Wrestling Jerusalem.” First of all, Israel is not a religion. It is a country. A Jewish country, where over half the population fled Islamic lands. Not a religion. Three standing ovations, followed by a growing collection of mainstream American Jews sharing their “existential crises” over “what Israel has become,” triggered me. My heart sank. I remember a leftist Jew once screamed a

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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