Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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A Straight Orthodox Rabbi who got it. Finally.

Rabbi Avram Mlotek wrote “I’m an Orthodox rabbi who is going to start officiating LGBTQ weddings. Here’s why.” Read it. It’s worse every minute of it.

There is one mistake in what the progressive Orthodox rabbi says about officiating Gay Marriages: “I understand that for some, this may feel like a blatant break from tradition, and I know some of my teachers and the larger Orthodox community believe that this is crossing a line that should not be crossed.”

The Orthodox community as a whole–except for some fanatics–has no problem with married gays or gays at all. It’s the rabbis who all look at each other and the first who is lenient gets expelled.

There is a timely story in the always painfully honest Talmud about when the rabbis forgot what to do when the day of slaughtering the Pesach offers would fall on a Shabbat. How to get the knife into the Temple area?

The Sages’ solution? Lookout out of the window what the people will do. Even if they are not prophets, they’re sons of prophets. (That doesn’t mean that a prophet can decide Jewish Law by virtue of his prophecy because the Torah is not in Heaven [anymore]. Rather, one must be very virtuous to be a prophet and the Sages meant: even if they’re not complete saints, they’re close family of completely righteous people and they will remember and be virtuous enough to recall what the solution was.

Almost all Orthodox Rabbis for the last 50 years have completely lost track of what is going on with gays, especially gay men. They’re in the dark completely. As it says in a puzzling and frightening prediction by Scripture and the Sages, that in the future, Torah will be forgotten from the Jewish People, with no one to be found anywhere that could explain the proper Jewish way to act (Jewish Law).

It does not say that all of Torah knowledge would become obscure, or that this would last forever. Half a century of darkness on this major issue for so many Jews (and Gentiles) seems serious enough to qualify for fitting this holy prediction. Any homosexual Orthodox Jew, or someone close to them, who has lived the past 50 years can now testify to the truth of this prophecy. It became true during their lives!

[See: Babylonian Talmud, Ketubot 7a. The Alshich on Ruth. Babylonian Talmud, Shabbat 138b. They base themselves on Deuteronomy 28:59, 5:5, Isaiah 29:14, Amos 8:11-12. The Rabbis’ Advocate, Chacham David Nieto and the Second Kuzari, by Rabbi David Nieto, translation Meir Levine, Yashar Books, 2007, 1:24-28.]

Look at the Jewish People. We still know how to be human, how to be a true Jew, how to prioritize the Commandments. Jews accept gays, in general. The Orthodox rabbis not only finally need to follow (by lack of their leadership)–they need to be forced by the people to follow.

Forget about them being closer to G^d than the common Jew. As Reb Shlomo Carlebach says: You are not becoming more religious when you remove yourself from people–you are going away from G^d if you do so. As the Rabbis adopted: G^d loves those whom people love.

In this issue, the Rabbis stand-empty handed (and empty-headed) until they begin to follow the Jewish People. Let’s make them.

Thank you, Rabbi Mlotek.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch Holocaust survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork, and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a vegan for 8 years now. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach and lehavdiel bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo and Rav Zev Leff. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years he wrote hasbara for the Dutch public. His fields of attention now are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science, Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight Truth), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, GLBTQAI, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. Many people can't understand or like him because he has such a wide vision that he never fits any specialist's box. But that exactly what others love about him. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quit a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. November 13, 2018, he published his 500st blog post with the ToI. * He likes doing age-appropriate and age-inappropriate things and looks forward to getting to know his timeless mature out-of-the-box soul mate. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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