Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Correction: Zerizut does not mean eagerly, immediately or quickly

One of the Jewish virtues is zerizut which is often sold as eagerly, immediately or quickly doing our duties.

There is good news for all laid-back, slow, lazy and lax people. Zerizut doesn’t mean that.

Zerizut is fulfilling our obligations at the best possible time or as soon as a commandment takes effect.

Surely, that means not saying “I know I should it but I’ll do it later” – doing things at the latest time possible. That’s obviously less virtuous than making hay while the sun shines.

But although zerizut then may look like speeding things up, it’s actually not that. It’s rather not letting aversions and not letting stress to comply rule but to see the best time to do things and go for it.

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This Shabbat is also the First of Nissan. That’s the beginning of the month that we make a yearly grateful blessing on blooming fruit trees.

In Jerusalem, presently, the always earliest almond trees are done blooming and olive trees and grape vines have not begun yet, but countless pear, apple, citrus and cherry trees are blossoming abundantly. In case of need: roses are blooming fruit trees too!

The best day to make this blessing seems the first day because one of these days could end up being none of these days. Any delay may lead to the next delay which may lead to another delay and in the end we could miss saying this praise all together. Though, in case of postponement,  we could (should) appoint someone to warn us, go make the blessing soon.

However, some rabbis hold that this blessing should not be said on Shabbat. Zerizut then means: the first day after Shabbat. That’s still zerizut as that’s then the best time.

May we all less and less give any good idea the cold shoulder and always show that we gladly will seize every opportunity to handle all challenges reality places before us without delay or postponement so that G-d will answer our request without delay too. And so that we will become relaxed people who are in complete command of our actions.

May we all have a great Nissan, month of Liberation.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch Holocaust 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. * 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 and Rav Zev Leff. * 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. Many people can't understand or like him because he has such a wide vision that he never fits any specialist's box. But that exactly what others 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.
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