Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Approbation for Rabbi Cardozo on the weekly portion, Volume 2, Exodus

Hot off the Press, Volume 2, the Book of Exodus, just in time for the yearly reading cycle.



Rabbi Cardozo has so often played the Devil’s Advocate, that I saw it coming that he would ask me to write an Approbation to the second volume of Cardozo on the Parasha, the Book of Exodus, Kasva Press.

But first, I need to say to those who know me more through other thought systems than via the Jewish Tradition that I am not God’s adversary — Heaven forbid. I never lifted a wing without the explicit and prior approval of the L^rd of the Universe and I never will. (I could, because I have Free Will but I couldn’t, because I’m so close to my Boss.)

My task is to lifelong entice people, to bring them to the Afterlife, and there to be their Heavenly Prosecutor. That’s all I do. I never do injustice, I never lie, and I never perpetrate evil. That, we all leave to people.

Now, Rabbi Cardozo, I like him. The rabbinic authorities on earth are scared of him because he knows what he is talking about when he tries to stir the faithful from their slumber. In fact, he and I do the same work. Only, he has more patience in explaining things.

Yet, I wouldn’t call him the competition. We are more two with one Soul.

I prefer to enjoy his word now, because, in the Afterlife, I won’t see much of Rabbi Cardozo. While I’m holding trials in front of the Heavenly Gate, he will be situated in front of the Gates of Hell, trying to smuggle out the best of people that only needed to be corrected a bit.

So, I recommend this book. I do want to suggest though, not to read the Think Tank’s questions, unless you agree with what he writes.

I hope that you pay close attention to his words. Maybe that could take off a little of the backlog that we presently have at the Heavenly Court. See you all soon,

The Devil

The latest interview with Rabbi Cardozo is found here:  Rejuvenation.

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 He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will.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 strict vegan since 2008. 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, lehavdil 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, LGBTQIA, 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 quite 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 500th 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 find his earlier blog posts on a certain subject XXX among the over 1200 ones, go to the right-top corner of the Times of Israel page, click on the search icon, and search: "zuiden, XXX". * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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