Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Cannabis warning needed

Disclaimer: I’m from Amsterdam but I never smoked/consumed pot. It’s legal there so why should I? It’s (mainly) for tourists and old hippies.

With the upcoming legal sale of hashish in Israel (gasp, how revolutionary!), some warnings should be printed on each package:

1. Smoking weed may get you addicted to cigarettes. Eating is better.

2. Your ability to drive safely will be hindered. Don’t smoke and drive.

3. Your judgment may be impaired. This may lead to real danger like having unprotected sex, or doing other stupid or dangerous things.

4. This product lets you escape. It is not helping you to band together with others to solve things you want to improve in the world.

5. Some people sometimes get in psychological trouble from this. This may be a passing thing (“bad trip”), or an onset of bigger trouble. Cannabis messes with your brain. Isn’t it messed up enough already?

6. Marijuana is not as dangerous to your physical health as nicotine or alcohol but it’s an exaggeration to call it just fun, safe, and innocent. Some people can’t get off of it. That’s costly and incapacitating.

7. Pot might be used as legal pain killer. That doesn’t mean its use by someone healthy is health-promoting. Stop the abuse of medication.

8. Watching TV is also legal but can endanger your mental and physical health. In a free society, not everything lawful is wise and good.

9. It is not true that, in order to belong, one must try this. Just say no. Also, not everything in life should be tried at least once. One can pass. While labeled and pushed as alternative, cool, avant-garde, is it? Or is abstaining cooler? You saying no may help others follow.

10. It may be a shame to waste your good time and money on escapism; it’s a crime to put this into the food or drinks of unsuspected people.

How ridiculous the idea that Jewish Law should just allow it and leave each individual the right and freedom to decide for themselves to use or not. Jewish Law doesn’t prescribe rights and freedoms. It is obligation-based.

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 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: 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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