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

Beware, Mevo Modi’im not yet out of the wood

The Dutch translation of the headline would be: not yet out of the fire.

The government has now promised NIS 4.5 M. for Mevo Modi’im fire relief. That does NOT mean that the money will come. Everyone wants money from the State so if you don’t keep pushing, suddenly the money will come “next week/month/year” meaning: never. The saying goes: “To promise and give nothing is comfort to a fool [only].” So, be a nudnik!

This Sunday 23 June, 20:30, there will be a benefit concert in Petach Tikva by the cream of the Shlomo crop — click here for details. It’s not enough to give money. We need to sing and dance too.

The Jerusalem Post carried two long interviews with survivors. And here is information from the horse’s mouth.

The situation of Mevo Modi’im is kind of the opposite of the Holocaust. There the survivors returned to empty houses; here the survivors have no houses anymore but no one was wounded or killed by the flames.

NB: The big city close to the Moshav is called Modi’in (notifiers). But the village itself is called Mevo/Me’or (the entrance/light of the) Modi’im. Not to be confused with the elsewhere situated ultra-Orthodox settlement of Modi’in Illit (Upper).

Donations are still very welcome, from around the world and from Israel. Click here to give donations to each of those made homeless in the fire.

Please pray for Moshe Ilovitz, 37, and his family from Mevo Modi’im. He went missing in Meron and still has not been found.

On a personal puzzling note, over the years, I have been in five buildings in the Moshav only and none of them burned down! So, if you have no money for house insurance, make sure you invite me inside once.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), 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 He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will.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, 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. * 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. 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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