November 30, 2018

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 fl...

September 12, 2018

Me: “I wish we lived in Baghdad’s Jewish Quarter.”

Mom: “What? The Jewish Quarter?” Raising her left eyebrow, “Are you crazy?”

I was longing for her nightmare.

Romanticizing the Jewish Quarter of Baghdad was the height of stupidity. “Booma” (unwise owl), she chided loving...

August 25, 2018

When Hussein Mansour opens his mouth about growing up in Egypt, Jew hatred, and Israel, I wish my father was still alive.

I met Hussein a decade after my dad died. My father would have loved Hussein as much as I do. I imagine the two of them laughing over silly Egyptian...

May 13, 2018

“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, “Z...

March 18, 2018

It’s been a long time and we travelled many seas, and survived many storms.

It has not been easy being a lesbian company, but the rewards continue to outweigh the challenges. I remember those first years, sitting in a smoke-filled room with Greek captains (our first shi...

October 14, 2017

We have a problem when progressives who have not done their homework lazily bow down to oppressive Islamic ideology for fear of being labeled Islamophobic.

As a progressive, I fear what it means when a proponent of Sharia Law rises in the ranks of progressive causes suc...

October 8, 2017

video clip from Mizrahi Project — Stateless Jew 

September 11, 2017

In the mid-1950’s a Saudi company approached my father, Moussa Wahba, an Egyptian import exporter of textiles from cotton goods to keffiyehs, and fine porcelain. His impeccable track record with the Gulf states was about to give him a huge order.

The requ...

July 24, 2017

Not all Muslims are Islamists. Let’s get that out of the way.

Rumi, his love Shams, Hafiz, and the mystics would be forced to escape their spiritually strangled native lands today.

The problem is Islamic Ideology and Islamists who cry death to Israel, curse the West, sub...

June 6, 2017

Ibrahim Shihabi and I found each other at “People to People” the foreign students club in the San Fernando Valley. We became close friends.

“Abe” sought me out, he heard I was a Jew from Japan.

Did I know Florence, a Polish Russian Jew, the love of his life? Yes, of cour...

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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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