Close

Not a member yet? Register now and get started.

lock and key

Sign in to your account.

Account Login

Forgot your password?

• Rachel Wahba  // Rachel Wahba is an Egyptian Iraqi Jew born in India who grew up stateless in Japan. She is a psychotherapist in the Bay Area and co-founder of Olivia Travel.

13 Mar Posted by in • Rachel Wahba | Comments Off on I Read the News Today

I Read the News Today

I Read the News Today

A wave of consciousness was spreading over the world. Choice and freedom was replacing repression. Hamas, ISIS, and Hezbollah acknowledged Israel’s right to exist. I breathed deeply as I read the news, there was more: The mullahs of Iran decided to drop Islamist ideology from their platform, apologizing for the pain and suffering they caused their people. […]

Read more...

08 Oct Posted by in • Rachel Wahba | 1 comment

I Give Up – It’s Just Not Personal

I Give Up – It’s Just Not Personal

Feelings come easily for me; I get mired in them. Especially hurt feelings. Loss laced with Fear. Hard stuff. I am wired to feel whether I want to or not. I have not mastered the skill of dissociation. Working consciousness into my feelings keep them from turning into quicksand. Wrestling with where to go with […]

Read more...

26 May Posted by in • Rachel Wahba | 1 comment

Granny’s Abortion

Granny’s Abortion

“They saved my life, they were Muslim, a young doctor and his wife, when I gave myself an abortion and almost died,” Granny remembers. “Efraim (her husband) was so angry I think he would have let me die!” Granny’s story was different from most of the Jews of Baghdad. She wasn’t born there. She grew […]

Read more...

18 Nov Posted by in • Rachel Wahba | 1 comment

Yoga and Anti-Semitism

Yoga and Anti-Semitism

“Ah, I used to think about anti-Semitism!” Dr. Ross exclaimed with a burst of energy as he read my response in his new patient questionnaire. “What do you think about?” was the big question. I was there to see him for my migraine headaches. My response, “Anti-Semitism,” resonated. “Thinking about Anti-Semitism used to give me […]

Read more...

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. […]

Read more...

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 […]

Read more...

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 […]

Read more...

14 May Posted by in • Rachel Wahba | 10 comments

Finger Exercises?

Finger Exercises?

There was nothing I couldn’t talk about with Granny, who died two years ago at 103.  I asked her when she was in her early nineties. If she could have chosen a different life, if she could have been with women, would she have? “Yes, I think so” she said.  “So did you ever think of […]

Read more...

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 […]

Read more...

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 […]

Read more...