Wandered Jews

It makes news, but the wandered Jew is not new. In the past it took religious conversion. I am not talking about forced conversions, but opportunistic attempts at social climbing and acceptance. Today it’s less about being a Jew and more about Zionism. Today’s conversion looks like an attempt to fit into a Zionist-ambivalent world. Today all it takes is a few words in the New York Times – No need for Baptism, no Quranic phrase in Arabic to master, no need for a name change, no need to pretend how you “used to be a Jew.”  The new wandered Jew is still Jewish, just not Zionist. Today, all it takes is “I used to be a Zionist,” or  Peter Beinart’s “I no longer believe in a Jewish state.” It’s t

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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