Embracing Mizrahi Heritage

It’s not just about schnitzel anymore, dip into creamy hummus with ful and shakshouka. The shame of not being Ashkenazi is over. Mizrahi Pride is in full swing. Israel has finally instituted Mizrahi Heritage Day, honoring the cultures of Israeli Mizrahi Jews who fled hostility, misery, and expulsion from Arab lands. Once pauperized Jewish refugees seen as a threat to Israeli culture, are an integral part of Israel today. Not only is Mizrahi food, music, language, and mannerisms mainstreamed in today’s Israel, the divide continues to narrow, as more and more young Israelis are mixed Mizrahi and Ashkenazi. A new nation is still forming as Jews from everywhere blend into One People. The brilli

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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