One Jew at a Time

“Each time I come here, I get permission to be a Zionist, I didn’t know it was ok…” My twenty-something Passover Seder guest didn’t know he could be exactly what he was: both Progressive and a Zionist. We have to do better with our young people. Arafat’s cunning lie, “Zionism is Racism,” is on steroids today, and our young people are being hurt. We live in a time of increasingly anti-Semitic responses to Israel. This Passover, it felt imperative to shine as Jews paying attention to our trajectory. I wanted a seder that focused on us, on Jews, on our Jewish trajectory. It made some at the table uncomfortable to focus solely on our Jewish trajectory, but it was worth the effort just to have th

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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