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Rahel Musleah was 6 years old when she immigrated with her parents to the U.S. It was Philadelphia, 1964, and, like most Indian immigrants, she experienced the usual culture shock: bad food, uninformed locals, a less-familiar tongue.
“If we wanted to find things that were used from India, like cilantro, like dhaniya, we’d have to hunt high-and-low,” recalled Musleah. “There was one Indian store in Philadelphia and we’d have to go especially to that shop to get our dhaniya saag.”
But Musleah wasn’t just different than most Americans — she was different than most Indians, too. She wasn’t Hindu, Muslim, or Christian, but Jewish, and ostensibly white.
“I just knew that I was Indian and Jewish,” said Musleah. “I didn’t know about my Baghdadi ancestry.”
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