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

Again, leading Jerusalem Haredi rabbi promotes Pride March

Rabbi Israel Ariel, leading specialist on the Temple, is one of the most respected rabbis alive today. To attack him or his words practically means to ask for being disrespected. But I’m not going to attack him. G^d forbid!

The past month, we’ve seen more Pride Marches in Israel than ever and more (small) earthquakes too. (They’re beneficial because they release tension that then doesn’t come out in one big boom.) Rabbis used to (selectively) quote the Jerusalem Talmud blaming them on the gays. Not this year. They started understanding that they’re losing that battle.

If you warn people against something and as a result, they start going there even more, you stop this type of warning.

But then comes G^d’s Hand, every year beyond expectations supportive of the Pride March in Jerusalem. The whole year, Rabbi Ariel didn’t say a thing about gays. But just in time for the Jerusalem march on August 2nd, he feels a calling to break the silence? From where comes this impulse to suddenly besmirch the GLBTQs if not from Up High?! The rabbi is not provoked by the interviewer — he delivers a speech of his own making.

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Clearly, just as all his colleagues who speak out and don’t speak out, he does not know homosexuals (his GLBTQ family members, who no doubt exist, wisely leave him in the dark) and he insults and degrades a million Jews and 500 times more non-Jews. Talking about baseless hatred.

A month ago, I blogged predicatively: Angry Orthodox rabbis are helping the Pride parades. And yet again they do. There is nothing new under the sun.

Clearly, the Torah and Talmud only forbid homosexual intercourse to heterosexual men. To assume anything else is an insult to G^d. Clearly, homosexuals too cannot live without intimacy and sex. There’s no need to ascribe to them supernatural powers. Clearly, Jewish Law does not permit insulting or degrading others and certainly not underdogs.

Clearly, Jewish Law is unworkable for homosexuals. Don’t blame G^d – It’s not in Heaven. The rabbis, in the 60s, by mistake began to blame homosexuals for a sin not theirs. Reparative “therapist” make millions on false promises to help (and they know it). Countless gay youths commit suicide. (I lost another friend this year and another one just told me that he only stays alive to please others.) And all the rabbis sleep soundly.

Baseless hatred is responsible for all misery. That is not fury and hate. Baseless hatred is that you don’t care. Or that you tell yourself that you care but you don’t do anything to help. The Temple was destroyed because the rabbis did nothing. Going to the funerals isn’t enough.

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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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