Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Bibi, speak to the American people

When the US was about to sign the evil contract with Iran, you flew over to try to dissuade them. To no avail, but you tried. And rightly so.

You said that your recommendation was not political. That’s needed again. America must hear your voice now. This time, just to protect themselves.

They got so confused, across the pond, that even half of their healthcare workers aren’t jumping at a chance to get vaccinated against corona.

You love to represent a Light unto the Nations. You did it for Austria. Who knows how many lives you saved, when its president quickly complied?

Address the US healthcare workers directly. Tell them: “You know, every medical intervention can do damage. Even an innocent X-ray. But how many get injured by having an X-ray and how many by not having one?!

There could even be 1 in 100,000 people to have a very bad reaction to the vaccine. But there are at least 100 per 100,000 who’ll have a very bad reaction to the new coronavirus. Take your chances with the vaccine!

(You probably understand better than almost anyone the very rare reports of people falling very ill after the vaccination. Most likely, this is unrelated, an effect of a prior coronavirus infection or of old age, not of the jab.)

Here in Israel, we are busy vaccinating the whole Nation. In two weeks, we vaccinated half of the population at risk. Don’t endanger yourselves any longer, nor your patients nor your families. Everybody knows that you have been the heroes of 2020. But there is something even better: to be the role model for everyone without medical knowledge or understanding.

Noach, when G^d told him about the Flood, he could have said: I’m sure You’ll save me. He was a fully righteous man. But no, he jumped at the chance that G^d gave him to escape death. The faithful recognize and grab the Hand of G^d and don’t by reject it, relying on later Divine action.”

And you know, when doubtful Israelis see Americans listen to you, they may change their minds too. And many others watching around the globe.

And next time you talk about Iran, maybe the US will also listen to that.

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In unrelated US news, the homes of Senate Majority Leader McConnell and House Speaker Pelosi were vandalized after Congress keeps failing to approve an increase in coronavirus grants. A special police unit is trying to locate the perpetrators. I think I know who did it: them, the People.

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 (https://diethylstilbestrol.co.uk/studies/des-and-psychological-health/), 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 his over 1200 ones, go to the right-top corner of the Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". His second daily active less tame blog, to which one may subscribe, one may find here: https://mmvanzuiden.wordpress.com/ or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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