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...

April 29, 2017

How was this night different? Was I being a bad Jew?

Was I a good Jew all through Catholic schools in Japan, resisting, resisting, resisting, only to undo it now by going to a Christian seder in California?

Passover at The Congregation of Zion led by Pastor Dumisani Wash...

March 25, 2017

Dad and the Egyptian consul were friends. Of course they were. Both loved their Egypt, loved giggling over uniquely silly Egyptian jokes, smoking their cigarettes as elegantly as Bogart in Casablanca. Playing backgammon while Umm Kultoum seduced from the gramophone. A...

February 16, 2017

When proponents of Sharia Law organize national Women’s Marches it is time to ask questions. Do organizers Linda Sarsour and Gloria Steinem have the same objectives when they raise their fists in solidarity? 

It looks like the Women’s Movement, a liberation movement I h...

January 21, 2017

“Can you be “less of a Jew?” she asked over lunch. 

“No, but I can be more of one.”

I wasn’t “too Jewish” like Jackie Mason or even Seinfeld. I am so not. Not the American Ashkenazi Jew with roots in Europe and New York that I grew up wishing I was. I grew up Stateless i...

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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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