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

Does the time of death of RBG prove that G^d ruled her a fully righteous person?

Much speculation has been circulating on the timing of US Chief Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death on/close to the Eve of the Jewish New Year.

Dying just before the Shabbat gives away that someone was saintly. Just before a Jewish holiday too. Added value if that Holiday is the first day of Rosh Hashannah when all the purely righteous people are judged for life.

This is all nice and sweet but totally unnecessary (and fruitless) speculation. Not only because we really don’t know. There is much proof that she was a saintly person without ever knowing her time of demise.

The whole of the US knew her and many outside America and no one said a bad word about her ever. The rabbis say that G^d honors those that humans honor. (Sometimes humans are fooled but He is not, but this is the general rule.) So, here you have it. Everyone speaks highly of her. Many are inspired by her. And deeply impressed. But there is more.

She gave Judaism and Jews a good name. G^d can’t be more pleased than with Jew (or Gentile) who does that. Jews are His first-line representatives. You give a good name to Jews, you spread a good name to their B^ss.

There is more. We know that people who are murdered for being Jewish go straight to Heaven, no questions asked. It’s called dying sanctifying G^d’s Name. But you know what’s holier than that? Living sanctifying G^d’s Name. Dying, no matter how holy, is in a second. Living is a much lengthier more challenging job. The (attempted) sacrifice of Isaac is called Abraham’s challenge. Because Isaac was ready to die on G^d’s command. But for Abraham to actualize that and live with his deed takes a life-time.

RBG died who she was, a saint for everyone to see. Not a miraculous supernatural being. For supernaturals, it’s easy to be larger than life. No, she was as everyone else a real human, and look what she accomplished.

The Sages mention in Sayings of the Fathers: “Rabbi Shimon said, there are three crowns, the crown of Torah, the crown of priesthood, and the crown of kingship.  But the crown of a good name is superior to them all.”

Thank You G^d for allowing us to see an incorruptible, wise, kind, truthful pillar of virtue living in our times when falsehood, fakeness, and cynicism seem more widespread than ever. Just like Noach was righteous despite all the corruption around him. Thank You–and her–for the inspiration.

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. * NEW: To see other blog posts by him, his overspill blog you can reach by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture at the head of every post. There you may find precursors to later TOI blog posts, addition or corrections of published TOI blog posts, blog posts the TOI will not carry, and some thoughts that are too short to be a TOI blog post. Also, the TOI only allows for one blog post per blogger per 24 hours. Sometimes, he has more to say than that. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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