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Be That Super Jew

Recently I was mocked as “that ‘superjew’.” It wasn’t meant as a compliment, and it isn’t going to get me to stop wearing my “Jewish star” or be “less of a Zionist.” Circumstances forced me to confront antisemitism from an early age. From Catholic missionary schools in Japan bent on demonizing Jews until we converted, to the progressive scene I was a part of in San Francisco. I wore my Star of David in three different San Francisco Community Mental Health clinics. What felt natural to me, was triggering to some. At a gay/lesbian clinic I was confronted with comments, “why make a point of being a Jew with that star…we are about similarity not difference.” The irony did not escape me. Being “o

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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