Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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As an Orthodox Jew, I request 18 changes from devoted Christians

Some points are repeated for emphasis.

Instead of:   Do this:
Bible studies, memorizing translations of translations of Jews from antiquities, telling Jews how much you love them, seeking Jews for dialogue groups with Christians, and equating Jews and Gentiles; Ask advice from knowledgeable Jews who speak your mother tongue on how to pray and live as a Christian. Search for, follow, and honor alive, knowledgeable Jews as your teachers and life coaches.
Allowing or promoting missionary activity to the Jews, wanting Jews to debate Jesus with you, or huddling only with Christians who think or feel like you; Counsel Christian Jews to return to Judaism. This includes Jews caught by proselytizer deceits. Fight all missionary activity to the Jews and the hateful BDS in all Churches.
Hoping or praying Jews will accept Jesus as if that perfects Judaism; Believe the Rabbis when they say that for Jews, accepting the Trinity is a grave sin endangering the safe and steady survival of us Jews and stalling the coming of the Messiah.
Telling Jews you pray for them; Ask Jews to bless you.
Looking down on Muslims; Ask Muslims for advice on how to live and pray, and teach them how sweet and good the Jews are.
Swearing by one simple truth; Expect to learn conflicting opinions from Jews that are all true.
Being defensive or evasive about Christian Antisemitism for comfort; Admit it existed/s, be proud to reject it, and work to uproot it.
Dismissing Christian Antisemitism as un-Christian and blaming Muslims for Jew-hatred; Seek union with all Muslims to disavow and uproot as students of the Jews all Antisemitism jointly.
Being passive in the face of Evil; There is a great place for humility but not when others need you to oppose Evil, e.g. Antisemitism.
Calling Antisemitism Evil; Call out the lies in Jew-hatred.
Using Jews not to feel guilty; Sit together with other Gentiles to help each other get over the guilt and antisemitic stereotypes. Jews didn’t create this in you and don’t have to spend every waking minute to give therapy to all Gentiles.
Being confident you’re saved; Use your time on Earth to morally improve yourself, relationships, humanity, life, and the world.
Believing in two opposing powers, G^d and Satan, Heaven forbid; Admit that G^d decides everything on His Own. Gentiles may believe in the Trinity but not in Dualism.
Equalizing all people; Parents can be their kids’ friends but they also must be honored. Same between Jews and Gentiles.
Competing with the Jews; Honor the Jews as your teachers.
Questioning Israel’s ‘fairness’ re the Palestinians, as if Israelis are naturally less moral than you; Show how false sympathy for the Palestinians is often just hypocrisy to hide animosity toward the Jews.
Advancing Christian or Muslim foothold in the Holy Lands as if Gentiles or the International Community should reign there. Israel is where your Jesus walked; Admit that for 3,000+ years, Jews are the Holy Land’s sole Natives. It’s anti-Jewish genocide to rob Jews of parts of their native Lands. See Israel as the Land of the Jews.
Judging Jews (negatively/positively) or asking for Jewish approval of your ideas and plans; Just stand with the Jews. We don’t need your batch of (dis)approval, and you don’t need ours. Trust us.
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About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, an almost daily blog contributor to the Times of Israel, and previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. He often makes his readers laugh, mad, or assume he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. He's proud that his analytical short comments are removed both from left-wing and right-wing news sites. * As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. He doesn't believe that people observe and think in a vacuum. He, therefore, wanted a broad bio that readers interested can track a bit about what (lack of) backgrounds, experiences, and education contribute to his visions. * If you don't know the Dutch, get an American peek behind the scenes here: * To find less-recent posts on subject XXX among his over 1600 archived ones, go to the right-top corner of a Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". One can find a second, wilder blog, to which one may subscribe, here: * Like most of his readers, he believes in being friendly, respectful, and loyal. Yet, if you think those are his absolute top priorities, you might end up disappointed. His first loyalty is to the truth. He will try to stay within the limits of democratic and Jewish law, but he won't lie to support opinions or people who don't deserve that. He admits that he sometimes exaggerates 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. * Sometimes he's misunderstood because his wide and diverse field of vision seldomly fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what some love about him. He has written a lot about Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (including basic statistics), Politics (Israel, the US, and the Netherlands, Activism), 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), the Climate Crisis, Ecology and Veganism, Affairs from the news, or the Torah Portion of the Week, or new insights that suddenly befell him. * 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. * One of his rabbis calls him Mr. Innovation [Ish haChidushim]. Yet, his originalities seem to root deeply in traditional Judaism, though they may grow in unexpected directions. In fact, he claims he's modernizing nothing. Rather, mainly basing himself on the basic Hebrew Torah text, he tries to rediscover classical Jewish thought almost lost in thousands of years of stifling Gentile domination and Jewish assimilation. (He pleads for a close reading of the Torah instead of going by rough assumptions of what it would probably mean and before fleeing to Commentaries.) This, in all aspects of life, but prominently in the areas of Free Will, Activism, Homosexuality for men, and Redemption. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, and disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed. He aims to bring a fresh perspective rather than harp on the obvious and familiar. He loves to write encyclopedic overviews. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds should be disputed. In short, his main political positions are among others: anti-Trumpism, anti-elitism, anti-bigotry and supremacy, for Zionism, Intersectionality, and non-violence, anti those who abuse democratic liberties, anti the fake ME peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, pro-Science, pro-Free Will, anti-blaming-the-victim, and for down-to-earth, classical optimism, and happiness. * He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (, born in 1953 to parents who were Dutch-Jewish Holocaust survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork. He grew up a humble listener. It took him decades to become a speaker too. Bullies and con artists almost instantaneously envy and hate him. * He holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam) – is half a doctor. He practices Re-evaluation Co-counseling since 1977, is not an official teacher anymore, and became a friendly, empowering therapist. He became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids non-violently. For a couple of years, he was active in hasbara to the Dutch-speaking public. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's being a strict vegan since 2008. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. He lives with his library in Jerusalem. Feel free to contact him. * His writing has been made possible by a (second-generation) Holocaust survivors' allowance 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. 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 an original 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. * His newest books you may find here:
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