Dr. Susan Block

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  1. Debra
    04 · 16 · 06 @ 5:38 pm

    For Jews (especially the secular variety), Passover is a reality-check — an enduring link to who and what we are. Wednesday witnessed a rare mini-reunion at the Speakeasy of veteran Ramah-niks. We reached back to our substantial Jewish roots, regaled our friends (including a substantial number of non-Jewish Seder virgins) with a healthy dose of Yiddishkeit of the best variety, chanted the liturgy in the echte Pesach nigun, sang z’mirot til we were hoarse, and thoroughly sated our penchant for nostalgia. A good Seder is more than mere ritual. It is above all a wide-ranging history lesson — a symposium, which the Hagaddah makes no secret of borrowing generously from that particular Greco-Roman bequest to the Western world at-large. While ‘seder’ means ‘order’ — a seemingly strict agenda for the evening — it is also a free-ranging give-and-take, an open invitation to share our experiences, thoughts and insights with our table-mates and to learn from theirs, where relevance limited only by informed imagination. But we could emulate the rabbis only so far. While circumstances conspired against our maintaining the colloquy ‘til the cock crowed, under Dr. Suzy’s yad chazakah everyone came away richer for the experience. Did I mention the food?

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  2. ~J.J.~
    04 · 14 · 06 @ 9:34 pm

    Hi Suzy & David,Thank you so much for inviting me to your beautiful Seder dinner! I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Ritual is an important exercise. It helps to remind us from where we came and to reinforce our bonds with each other.I look forward to seeing you soon!Much love,
    ~J.J.~

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  3. Your American Julie
    04 · 14 · 06 @ 6:00 pm

    Thanks for inviting me!!! It was so fun! Gentiles like me usually never get to participate in the celebrations of Jewish holidays, unless its at a Messianic temple. But I loved it! Just wish I could learn the words to the songs… any English translations?

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  4. James ~ Scorpio
    04 · 14 · 06 @ 2:37 pm

    It was indeed a most moving evening and dinner, with delightful people, an honor to share, not reading with this voice the passion I felt inside, but still a chance to learn. Perhaps I left a bit to early if it got more relaxed later on, darn, I always fumble… I do agree also that we need to see change come, (… when or how?) soon I hope, we need to see a course change, not be swept away on a ripe tide… it is the subject my my current video project and I am collecting video commits on the varied reactions to the course we as a people, a country are taking or “allowing” to transpire after 911 in our name. Freedom is more precious then gold but like a dewey spider web so very fragile! Our “rights” and they “are” ours, won for us now over centuries and with countless lives lost/given even … do so meed to be protected, fight for and cherished. Nothing (as we read last night) worthwhile is easy, nor is it easy to keep and hold, with foolish leaders, in abundance, so ready to snap it away! … for our own good? I think not!It was a very nice, and thought provoking night. … I thank you.
    James

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  5. Steve
    04 · 14 · 06 @ 2:52 am

    Hey little sister: Thanks for a swell Seder, kid. Sliding down your bannisters was pretty cool for an older bloke like me. Anyway, thanks again to you and your posse.

    Your husband’s brother-in-law

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  6. ellis martin
    04 · 14 · 06 @ 2:37 am

    last night was fantastic. thx. enjoyed bonding with art and margo. interesting conversations…

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