August 8, 2020

Jews are not and have never been White. All it takes to turn that premise upside down is to look at

Israel, filled with Jews of every race and color.

Like Arabs, Hispanics, Asians, Blacks, Jews come in varying shades of color. The Black/White binary lumping Jews as White...

July 14, 2020

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 conversi...

June 1, 2020

Five years ago, 74 years after the Farhud, “Violent Dispossession,” the United Nations dedicated June 1 International Farhud Day. 

The terror erupted in Baghdad on June 1, 1941, and lasted exactly forty-eight hours. My mother, Khatoun, was just sixteen, a young Baghdadi...

May 8, 2020

Read Sami Michael’s novel “Victoria” and tell me we were not Arab Jews. Read Albert Memmi, Naim Kattan, Sasson Somekh. Respect.

It’s a no brainer. How could we live in what became Arab lands under Arab rule, for a thousand plus years without becoming Arabic?

We were not...

April 8, 2020

We remember the time our people melted their gold and danced around the calf. Moses was gone too long, the Jews fleeing Egypt got restless, afraid, confused.

Since Abraham, the Torah warns us against idol worship. And there are many forms and ways of relying on false go...

November 24, 2019

When I have to leave my synagogue because its progressive agenda includes distancing from Israel, I fear feeling something I thought I was done with once I got to the United States.

Unlike my parents I never knew what it felt to belong to a country, to have a nativ...

September 9, 2019

All my life, I was informed it was not ok to be a Jew or identify as “Jew”. However, it was the only national identity I had. I was a Stateless Jew, born to a Stateless Iraqi mother and a soon to be Stateless Egyptian father. Stuck in Japan for 20 years, my parents wer...

August 11, 2019

A mandatory course in Ethnic Studies is being unveiled in California public high schools, forcing us to witness a new form of old-fashioned Anti-Semitism in “Progressive” dressing.  American Jews are not considered an ethnic minority group in this hefty curriculum. Jew...

April 2, 2019

Barbra Streisand isn’t the only one who thinks survivors of sexual abuse are doing just fine if they manage to grow up and have a life. According to Streisand, the two victims of Michael Jackson who came forth with their harrowing experiences in “Leaving Neverland,” we...

January 15, 2019

Being a Jew affected every aspect of my life. Because we were Jews from Islamic lands, we were shamed out of our passports. Because my father was a Jew with no passport, he could not travel to open new markets for his import-export business or continue working with Mid...

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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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