Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews

Affordable excellent Jewish schooling available

From the onset, I promised not to blog the obvious. Now I will break that promise because not everyone sees as self-understood what I think is.

Jewish schools in the US are so costly, it’s indecent. How does any rabbi agree with that? The whole life in the US is obscenely expensive.

This also forces most Jews there to not have large families. And some breadwinners will feel forced to be dishonest and aggressive to reach the sums that are needed for educating the children “in the Jewish way.”

Well, forget it. Most of what children learn is through example. If you work like crazy and hate your life, they will learn not to stay in the upper-middle class. And if they are fooled to think that you love your life, they will become materialists too. That is the Jewish education you give them.

I don’t cut my beard. Sometimes I tease other Jewish men by saying: G^d grows your beard every day – don’t you get the hint?

Likewise, in the US you: cannot afford your children’s school fees, you cannot have a large family, don’t you get the hint?

In Israel, basic Jewish schools are for free. You want something fancy, how about $ 200 per month per child? Kids here also learn early to be responsible and humble. And get excellent Hebrew that they’ll teach you. And you can have as many children as you both want. And the norm here is not 50% intermarriage. And there are many imperfections in Israeli society that are waiting for you to improve. And you’ll be with Jews from all over the world for the same price. Healthcare is universal and for free. And when you die, your grave and stone are for free.

In Israel you don’t earn a lot of money and you don’t need a lot of money. And if you can keep a US-based job while living here, you’ll live like royalty.

For dozens of generations, living in the Holy Land was only possible in a dream. Now, your kids can explore the country for free on Birthright trips. When you make aliyah, you even get the plane ticket for free.

And then — most importantly — visiting here, didn’t you feel at home? Didn’t you fall in love with the Land and the People?

What are you waiting for?

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (, born in 1953 to two Dutch 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. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * 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, Rav Zev Leff and Rav Meir Lubin. * 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 (statistics), 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. Sometimes he's misunderstood because he has such a wide vision that never fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what many 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. If you're a native English speaker and wonder why you should read from people whose English is only their second language, consider the advantage of having a peek outside of your cultural bubble. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me. To see other blog posts by him, a second blog - under construction - can be found by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture.
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