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Rachel Wahba  // Posts tagged as "Rachel Wahba"

12 Sep Posted by in Rachel Wahba | 1 comment

Under the Chuppa – the Persian ‘Revolt’ in LA

Under the Chuppa – the Persian ‘Revolt’ in LA

The day after DOMA was overturned, Los Angeles Rabbi David Wolpe, announced that he will be performing same-sex marriages in his synagogue, Temple Sinai. The Rabbi upset enough of the thousand strong Persian congregants of his high-profile Conservative Synagogue, to warrant a front-page article in the New York Times citing a “revolt” in the congregation. […]

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10 Jul Posted by in Rachel Wahba | 6 comments

The First Lesbian Divorce Case

The First Lesbian Divorce Case

DOMA, the “Defense of Marriage Act,” should have been a bad joke instead of a law the Supreme Court finally declared unconstitutional this week (June 26,2013). But it wasn’t a joke, and neither was my marriage of 31 years to a woman whom I legally married one week before Prop. 8 got viciously overturned four […]

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25 Jun Posted by in Rachel Wahba | 1 comment

The Rock Star Room? No thanks…

The Rock Star Room? No thanks…

As  a proud owner of Olivia, I enjoy “VIP” status when I travel to places Olivia charters. Once a year I indulge a lovely habit of going with a friend for a restful time—off season in a half empty hotel on some magnificent tropical beach without Olivia. I am always ambivalent to go without the […]

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12 Mar Posted by in Rachel Wahba | 5 comments

Exquisitely Sweet Iraqi Haroset for Passover

Exquisitely Sweet Iraqi Haroset for Passover

Look in any good Middle Eastern or Arabic grocery store and they will have a jar of what we Iraqis call silan (“see-lan”), a syrup, made from dates. Iraqi dates deliver the thickest syrup.  When you mix finely ground walnuts with the silan (usually at around a 4:1 ratio of silan to dates) to thicken […]

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19 Jul Posted by in Rachel Wahba | 12 comments

From Betty to Olivia

From Betty to Olivia

When “The Feminine Mystique,” Betty Freidan’s seminal book arrived in the mail, it turned me inside out. I expected a how-to book on glamour – a  feminine “mystique” – refining  the ancient art of Allure/Glamour/Gorgeousness – how to put on make-up and look sexy. Right? What else would an unsophisticated 22 year old new immigrant […]

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13 Mar Posted by in Rachel Wahba | 3 comments

Love You?

Love You?

Whether it comes out of my mouth or anyone else’s “love you” has always bothered me. Something (or someone) is missing. Its as if the heart is engaged. Where’s the “I”?  What’s the problem? When it comes to words and how we use them, the Buddhist teacher Yvonne Rand comes to mind. I remember her […]

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07 Jan Posted by in Rachel Wahba | 4 comments

Be Here Now (or Later)

Be Here Now (or Later)

Becca her bright eyes lit up by a precocious mind, had finally figured it out! For sure she would get me to see the way—The way out of quicksand-longing. I was going mad wanting to go back to a home so damaged I was still removing the splinters from my body. “Nana, if there were […]

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06 Oct Posted by in Rachel Wahba | Comments Off

A Kaddish for Steve Jobs

A Kaddish for Steve Jobs

Brilliant businessman geek of life filled our lives and blew our minds with miracle toys master of Factory City somewhere in Southern China where young and old get disfigured hands from repetitive motion assembly line humans making our lives fun waiting for iphone 4 all the i’s the workers dot using up their bodies we […]

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06 Apr Posted by in Rachel Wahba | 7 comments

Hitler Built Good Roads

Hitler Built Good Roads

Mother Joan of Arc with her big brown eyes looked at me with great compassion one afternoon as she guided me to the almost life size Jesus hanging on the cross. Pointing to the scroll above his crown of thorns, “Look” she said, “see, it says ‘King of the Jews’, He was a Jew. Like […]

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03 Mar Posted by in Rachel Wahba | 14 comments

Granny’s Baghdad

Granny’s Baghdad

It doesn’t matter how many times I’ve heard their stories, my stateless roots need nourishment. My family has been my country, the stories fortify my identity. Today we are in the kitchen, Mom, Granny and me and my notebook. They are my captives as long as they are washing, chopping, cooking, preparing dinner. “So tell […]

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