Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews -- For those who like their news and truths frank and sharp

Facemasks forever?!

In Israel, we’ve reached herd immunity for the coronavirus. So many are immune that the virus can’t ‘find’ enough receptive people to spread.

But, we got used to facemasks all too well. We’re very glad to do without them (soon). From halfway next week, we don’t need to use them. Only kids at school should because so many of them are not vaccinated and didn’t get infected. But, could it be too soon, too radical, to discard them?

I’m not criticizing health officials on corona prevention or state policy.

Rather, now we already got used to them (and now they’re left-over, we can buy them 50 for NIS 10, a nickel each), maybe we could still use them?

City Streets

The bus stop close to my home lies on a very busy street. The air there is not really so healthy to breathe. Also, they are rebuilding the street for the light railway. The air is filled with rock dust from the drilling. It just makes a lot of sense to wear a facemask there to protect your lungs. Just like they do for years already in Asian cities when plagued by smog or air pollution.

Flu Prevention

This year, the number of flu patients in Israel was zero. Three million flu vaccines awaited us but could be thrown out. Wouldn’t it be smart, every winter, to wear facemasks in crowded places to prevent the flu for us all?

Hospitals, Stadiums

Everybody knows that hospitals are dangerous places. Especially drug-resistant microbes live there. Wouldn’t it be smart if we all, workers, patients, and visitors, would wear facemasks inside hospitals?

Wouldn’t it be smart and logical, from now on, to use facemasks at large-scale happenings like crowded sports tournaments, prayer meetings, etc.?


All this voluntarily. To show we love life and health. Parents to teach kids that in such settings, we show we’re responsible and take life seriously.

And now we’re at it. All honors to people who don’t want a or have no religious tradition to cover their heads when out and about. But, maybe, when the sun burns down at us, let’s use a cover to protect our skin?

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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