Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Don’t Blame Bibi

If you must blame at all. Jews don’t blame Jews for Antisemitism.

IMHO, Netanyahu needs to resign since the buck stops with him (although there are different narratives to paint what happened). That doesn’t mean he caused it or could have prevented it. Everyone in charge was in the dark. It is logical he now uses his talents and connections to lead the cleanup. Yet, it doesn’t mean he didn’t mess up or won’t need to go home. The PM answers for a failing cabinet, intelligence agencies, and IDF top.

Guilt, Anger, Hate, and Blame

Mourners and those wounded can be angry. But TV viewers? As if Bibi won’t care. He’ll regret this massacre the most. And rightly so.

But who says we need to blame anyone? Blame G^d. He can take it. You don’t believe in G^d? Blame Fate. Einstein had a nice excuse to not blame: he didn’t believe in Free Will. Then you’ve no one to blame. He was wrong about Volition, but he was right about the need to stop the blame game.

And Jews hating Jews surely isn’t a solution; it’s the cause of our misery. Don’t blame (!) me. That’s what all of Judaism says for 2,000 years.

It’s easy to blame the victim, infight, or seek a scapegoat. But it’s wrong.

We don’t need to forgive or forget, but guilt is not the issue at all. Guilt is for courts. But not being judges, we need to look to the future. Guilt looks back. Taking responsibility is future-bound. That’s what we all need to do.

Anger means you know better than G^d. Angry Atheists show they’re not Atheists. How can you be angry at Fate? Whoever promised you Paradise?

Anger can help us cry. But without tears, anger is destructive and evil.

Chamas supporters had a Day of Rage at Israel (for defending itself!), but the Israeli public has an unending rage but not at the attackers? Really?

Ah, you can’t help it with this terrible news? You can. You’re choosing to watch these horrors. Do you hurt yourself but blame others for the pain? Are you angry about the tobacco industry? How about not smoking?

Evaluating Bibi

Don’t use this security blunder of all blunders as a pretext to go after Bibi as if you loved him before. That’s dishonest.

Bibi is a capitalist and supported supremacists because he thought he could keep them in check. Sometimes said racist things. That you can hate. But don’t deny the good he did. He placed human life above capitalism by first protecting us against corona and then saving the economy, despite his capitalism. He prevented many wars from spiraling out of hand despite all the time being called a hawk. And he was vocal about dignity for LGBTQ, though he lacked the platform to put it into law. He saved so many lives.

Bibi should be punished? I think G^d punished him enough already. All his political career, he wanted to end up in the history books as the great Zionist savior. But this bloody debacle will forever be attached to his name.

Why should G^d have punished him? Because he tried, with all his might, to diminish Israel’s democracy, against the vast majority of the People. Together with all these extremists, drunk on power. So, we got attacked by extremists, drunk on power. G^d always takes, first and foremost, the sweetest and best, the holiest and most innocent. It’s hard to digest.

The Talmud says already: “When you don’t know what to do, look out the window at the People. Because if they’re not Prophets themselves, they’re offspring of Prophets, and they know.” G^d doesn’t like it when a leader has no respect for the Jewish People, only for his own plans.

But anyway, Jews hating Jews was never the solution.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, previously a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He often makes his readers laugh, mad, or assume he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. He's proud that his analytical short comments are removed both from left-wing and right-wing news sites. None of his content is generated by the new bore on the block, AI. * As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. Or not at all because he doesn't claim G^d talks to him. He gives him good ideas—that's all. MM doesn't believe that people observe and think in a vacuum. He, therefore, wanted a broad bio that readers interested can track a bit what (lack of) backgrounds, experiences, and educations contribute to his visions. * This year, he will prioritize getting his unpublished books published rather than just blog posts. Next year, he hopes to focus on activism against human extinction. To find less-recent posts on a subject XXX among his over 2000 archived ones, go to the right-top corner of a Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". One can find a second, wilder blog, to which one may subscribe too, here: or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * Like most of his readers, he believes in being friendly, respectful, and loyal. However, if you think those are his absolute top priorities, you might end up disappointed. His first loyalty is to the truth. He will try to stay within the limits of democratic and Jewish law, but he won't lie to support opinions or people when don't deserve that. (Yet, we all make honest mistakes, which is just fine and does not justify losing support.) He admits that he sometimes exaggerates 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. * Sometimes he's misunderstood because his wide and diverse field of vision seldomly fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what some love about him. He has written a lot about Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (including basic statistics), Politics (Israel, the US, and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight reality), 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), the Climate Crisis, Ecology and Veganism, Affairs from the news, or the Torah Portion of the Week, or new insights that suddenly befell him. * Chronologically, his most influential teachers 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. This short list doesn't mean to disrespect others who taught him a lot or a little. One of his rabbis calls him Mr. Innovation [Ish haChidushim]. Yet, his originalities seem to root deeply in traditional Judaism, though they may grow in unexpected directions. In fact, he claims he's modernizing nothing. Rather, mainly basing himself on the basic Hebrew Torah text, he tries to rediscover classical Jewish thought almost lost in thousands of years of stifling Gentile domination and Jewish assimilation. (He pleads for a close reading of the Torah instead of going by rough assumptions of what it would probably mean and before fleeing to Commentaries.) This, in all aspects of life, but prominently in the areas of Free Will, Activism, Homosexuality for men, and Redemption. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, and disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed. He aims to bring a fresh perspective rather than harp on the obvious and familiar. When he can, he loves to write encyclopedic overviews. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds should be disputed. In short, his main political positions are among others: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, anti those who abuse democratic liberties, anti the fake ME peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, pro-Science, pro-Free Will, anti-blaming-the-victim, and for down-to-earth, classical optimism, and happiness. Read his blog on how he attempts to bridge any tensions between those ideas or fields. * He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (, born in 1953 to his parents who were Dutch-Jewish Holocaust survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork. He grew up a humble listener. It took him decades to become a speaker too, and decades more to admit to being a genius. But his humility was his to keep. And so was his honesty. Bullies and con artists almost instantaneously envy and hate him. He hopes to bring new things and not just preach to the choir. * He holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam) – is half a doctor. He practices Re-evaluation Co-counseling since 1977, is not an official teacher anymore, and became a friendly, powerful therapist. He became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years, he was active in hasbara to the Dutch-speaking public. 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 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. 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 an original peek outside of your cultural bubble. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me. * His newest books you may find here:
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