Dr. Susan Block

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24 Comments

  1. Missy Wilde
    12 · 20 · 23 @ 1:08 am

    You are speaking for all of us with hearts breaking as we see what’s happening in Gaza, Dr. Suzy. May we never “get used to it” – like the war criminals hope we will.

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  2. Dalton Jack
    12 · 20 · 23 @ 1:07 am

    I will gather round your light with fellow bonobo sapiens to listen to your stories anytime.

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  3. Deward Emerson
    12 · 20 · 23 @ 1:05 am

    Well, this is my kind of Hanukkah. Get lit! Great stories about Haing S. Ngor and Spalding Grey, and their masterpiece movie “The Killing Fields” with Kissinger’s war crimes all over it. Interesting Deep Throat/Watergate connection. & OMG NOT America’s Rabbi in a towel!

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  4. Max
    12 · 20 · 23 @ 1:00 am

    Beautiful Hanukkah show Dr. Suzy, love your Hanukkah stories and prayer for Palestine.

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  5. Truck Stop Burrito
    12 · 20 · 23 @ 12:59 am

    Exquisite podcast, except I only wish You would drip Your Hanukkah Hot Wax on me.

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  6. Raelina West
    12 · 20 · 23 @ 12:57 am

    Your unZionist Hanuka prayer for Palestine spoke to my soul. Remarkable how history repeats itself – sometimes within hours – first as tragedy – the stripped and appallingly dehumanized Palestinian prisoners – and then as farce – the stripped and ridiculously “terrified” rabbi – all so appalling. Thanks for another great show.

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  7. Amy Amethyst
    12 · 20 · 23 @ 12:54 am

    Your Antiochus/Netanyahu parallels are mind-blowing. And that Naughty Rabbi in a towel running through the hall is kind of hilarious. But my favorite is how you made Juici May SQUIRT after Hot Wax for Hanukkah. It looks like a stream of crystal stars!

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  8. Edmund Weisberg
    12 · 19 · 23 @ 6:34 pm

    Dear Dr. Suzy,

    Hanukkah Kudos.

    Thank you for your recent “An Anti-Zionist Hanukkah for Palestine” article, along with the various political and salacious links.

    I agree wholeheartedly with your passionate, well-expressed sentiments.

    “Here we are, arguably the most intelligent being that ever walked planet Earth, with this extraordinary brain, yet we’re destroying the only home we have.”
    — Jane Goodall

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  9. Harry
    12 · 15 · 23 @ 1:48 pm

    I find your wisdom and perspective on this entire situation to be very helpful in my understanding of what is happening. It is extremely important that everyone knows that the violence and war are just beyond immoral and reprehensible.

    Thanks for holding the major players to account. Our collective anger, sadness, and disgust will mark the souls of all who are part of this ugliness and they will rue the day they stood on the wrong side of history.

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  10. Hadi Mahony
    12 · 14 · 23 @ 12:22 am

    Well said!

    Maybe if there were more people like you, we would be living in a better world than this one.

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  11. Thomas Waters
    12 · 14 · 23 @ 12:21 am

    I just read your essay on counterpunch and I want to express so much gratitude.

    I am not Jewish, but I am a gay progressive advocate and have developed many friendships and working relationships with many Jewish people over my life.

    I have been horrified at the way, otherwise highly progressive people have turned pro Israeli goverment because of the horrific Hamas attack. Like you I condemn that attack, and at the same time it seemed inevitable after decades and decades of occupation, humiliation and control.

    I have felt cut off from my progressive Jewish friends and have been grieving, not clear exactly what I’m grieving.

    I wonder how much flack you will get for bravely voicing a viewpoint that seems so logical and clear.

    As a non-Jew, I knew little about the real basis of the Hanukkah story. While I did graduate work in religious studies, this section of scripture was never in my lens. So I’m very grateful for the way you use it as a framework within which to consider what is happening.

    For me the big dilemma is how to have or rebuild relationships with Jewish persons who have claimed to be progressive. It has really demonstrated how much privilege creates the freedom to believe we are fighting for liberation.

    Equality, equity, freedom, a right to self determination, the dignity of all, support and defense of the oppressed- how can people claim to care about these things one day, and then because of the Hamas attack, support the genocide happening as justified?

    An artist friend I care about recently attacked me for my comments on Facebook, claiming I’d be dead in Palestine because I’m gay. For her, this was the reason I should stand with those now supporting the Israeli government’s genocide. First, I’ve read some writing by queer Palestinians and feel I know more about real queer life there that she does, and after a life time of being a progressive, I know better than try and distill the complexity of real life into some fallacious identity justification.

    I grasp how trauma, current, more recent past as well as long ago last color how we see, think and feel. I’m from Pittsburgh PA where the deep pain of the Tree of Life hate crime is still too recent and painful for many.

    I had written that while the Hamas attack was horrific and beyond acceptable in any way, the real cause was the inability of Netanyahu and his predecessors to follow through on the Oslo Accords. While Hamas lit the fuse, the bomb has been ticking for decades, and the explosion predestined though governments actions as well as inaction.

    If you read this, thank you so much for writing and for allowing me to share a little with you.

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  12. Olaf Olsen
    12 · 14 · 23 @ 12:05 am

    A bit harsh on Hamas? Saying that the Hamas assailants did things that were very wrong, or criminal, seems perfectly fair, to the extent that we can ever judge correctly the actions of others, but to condemn them goes beyond fair dealing, and since they have few friends in our model republic, I take the liberty of mentioning this to you. Who can say, born in Gaza, confined there for his young life, with hopes thwarted, crushed by poverty, often hungry, often humiliated by Israeli soldiers, unable to protect his family from abuse, beatings, or imprisonment, his dignity lessened, one might not, in revenge, have committed similar transgressions against ethics. So I don’t think we well-off Americans are in a position to pass condemnation on them. Perhaps there are survivors of racism in South Africa or Alabama who could judge.
    But if I am wrong, please forgive me. You are a public friend of Palestinians, so I honor you.
    With friendly good wishes and gratitude for your valuable essays.

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    • drsuzy
      12 · 14 · 23 @ 12:07 am

      When I wrote here “and yes, I do condemn Hamas”, I was being a bit ironic:

      Of course, the Zionist apartheid has long been brewing this toxic stew that exploded in its face with the brutal 10/7 Hamas attack (and yes, I do condemn Hamas!), which—like 9/11 and Pearl Harbor—could have been prevented with a little of that much ballyhooed Israeli Intelligence… though maybe a politically desperate and depraved “Bibi” Netanyahu just *let* those horrors happen. We may never know.

      Notice that I link “I do condemn Hamas” to this article about how people are constantly being asked to “condemn Hamas” before they can criticize Israel: https://forward.com/culture/569204/why-do-you-condemn-hamas-has-become-controversial/

      and then here:
      If Antiochus is like Netanyahu, do the Maccabees of Hanukkah correspond to Hamas of Palestine? I’m no fan of horrid Hamas (didn’t I just condemn Hamas?), and I’m sure I’ll be called a “self-hating Jew” for saying this, but Judah Maccabee and his brothers are the quintessential extremist religious fanatics, “terrorists,” in the eyes of their occupiers… kind of like Hamas.

      Notice I link “condemn Hamas” to a similar article about the pressure on commentators to “condemn Hamas”: https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20231116-do-you-condemn-hamas/

      But hopefully, you also notice that both paragraphs are not totally unsympathetic to Hamas (in the second, I compare them to the heroic Maccabees) – at least for a pro-bonobo peacenik like me who abhors all murder and war. But yes, I forgive you! And thanks for reading and writing.

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  13. Rich Biggly
    12 · 13 · 23 @ 11:11 pm

    Like a Cambodian family I know who built a successful life here after escaping Kissinger’s wave of death, Haing S. Ngor’s story is an inspiration. His memory will forever inspire those who continue to face adversity from corrupt political systems. Maybe Rabbi Boteach, unfamiliar with the sting of missile barrages, could find a touch of healthy perspective there. Peace for Palestine, always.

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  14. Martie D. Klien
    12 · 13 · 23 @ 11:11 pm

    Chag Sameach Chanuka! I’m sending this link to my Bubbe who has cried over Bibi’s bombs and needs to know that you can be Jewish without being Zionist.

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  15. Matt McLaughlin
    12 · 13 · 23 @ 6:25 pm

    Anything Is Groovy – Jewish Telegraphic Agency
    Year 2023
    Re H Res 894 “…. contained language saying that the House “clearly and firmly states that anti-Zionism is antisemitism”.
    Year 1950
    There was no ultimatum that everybody be Zionist or they hate Jews. No obligation to be Zionist, even for Jews.
    “The government ( of Israel) fully respects the right of integrity of Jewish communities in other countries to develop their own mode of life and their indigenous social, economic and cultural institutions in accordance with their own needs and aspirations,” the Premier said.

    https://www.jta.org/archive/american-jews-owe-political-loyalty-to-u-s-only-ben-gurion-says-honors-blaustein

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  16. David G
    12 · 13 · 23 @ 2:33 am

    Dear Susan, I agree with you. The killing is horrendous. I pray every night that God will intervene and stop the killing not only in Palestine, but in Ukraine as well. It’s times like these that make me question my faith in Jesus. We humans are imperfect, yet God allows us to choose love or hate. You know the Bible better than me, and says that at the end of time Jesus will return to establish his kingdom on Earth. I’m so sorry that you are crying for humanity. I don’t know if we are nearing the end times or not, but I do know that I am an imperfect Christian and my sins have contributed to all the sorrow in the world. I will continue to pray for the people I love, and for humanity.
    I know that you are not a believer, but you do care about humanity and you do want peace for everyone.

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  17. Don Pascal
    12 · 13 · 23 @ 12:00 am

    Again, I am not anti-Israel/Gaza/Palestine. But the forces controlling both Hamas and NetenYAHOO are dark and deadly. Let’s take these 8 Crazy Nights and pray the Bonobo Spirit spreads over the region.

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  18. MarsFX
    12 · 12 · 23 @ 6:05 pm

    Dr Suzy mentions that Kissinger said Daniel Ellsberg was “the most dangerous man in America.” Yes – most dangerous to the shadow government/military industrial complex. I’m glad Dr. Suzy remembered Ellsberg. This is always a stimulating show. Thanks!

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  19. Lynn Frields
    12 · 12 · 23 @ 6:04 pm

    Dr. Suzy brings up heart-wrenching points about Palestine on this illuminating Hanukkah show. The US Veto at the UN could cost Biden the election. People with a conscience don’t like killing! Dr. Suzy reminds us our tax dollars buy those bombs, and we must make our voices heard.

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  20. Persia Rae
    12 · 12 · 23 @ 10:18 am

    Every time I listen to Dr. Suzy tell tales of her adventures; I’m impressed. It seems like she has been on a panel or a show, at a dinner or on a date with some of history’s most famous and infamous beings.
    If you put together a people catalog of all the people she has met, it would be a book. A book I definitely would read.

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  21. Gideon Grayson
    12 · 12 · 23 @ 1:54 am

    Great show!

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  22. bae
    12 · 11 · 23 @ 11:08 pm

    From Anti-Zionist Chanuka to Hot-Wax Hanukkah and everything in between, this is a very illuminating show. Your absolutely brilliant observations have given me insight into the Jewish condition and the fact that Jewish people can’t all be painted with the same brush. This show is a good reminder that we can’t take everything at face value. I so enjoyed experiencing this show and applaud your research and passion.

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  23. Ruby Aruba
    12 · 11 · 23 @ 6:40 pm

    the disrobing of Palestinians is so disturbing and disheartening. To see Rabbi Schmuley’s ignorance is at least a reminder to me in the US to not take for granted my safety. The bitterness surrounding Hanukkah this year is surely valid, and very sad. Peace for Palestine <3

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