Awww you have a mezuzah,” she’d said as she rubbed her fingers over the painted scroll.

“I what?”

“You have a mezuzah”

“Oh! awesome,” I lied.

I waited until she left to freak out and call my mother.


A young Palestinian-American woman moves into her new apartment...and there's a mezuzah on the door outside. Which she's fine with. Totally fine. (Is she fine?) She's fine....Until the Hasids knock. 


Najla Said is an actress, playwright, and author, her one-woman play premiered Off- Broadway in 2010, and ran for 9 sold-out weeks.   That same year she was named "One of 40 Feminists Under 40" by The Feminist Press. Her memoir, Looking for Palestine: Growing Up Confused in an Arab-American Family, was released by Riverhead Books in 2013. In October 2016, her libretto for Mahmoud Fairouz's Oratorio, " Zabur" was performed at Carnegie Hall. Select acting credits include: Nine Parts of Desire at Seattle Rep and performing internationally with Vanessa Redgrave in “A World Loved: The Story of an Arab Woman.”  Najla is currently performing in the world premiere of Fin Kennedy's "Broken Stones" at InterAct Theatre in Philadelphia.