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

From the Israeli High Court comes one crazy story after the other

There is no problem for hospitals and hotels of individuals having chametz with them. It’s their problem. But the hosts don’t want their kosher-for-Pesach plates, cups, and cutlery compromised. That’s the only issue.

It’s illegal for hospitals to keep chametz out during Pesach is the High Court’s newest ruling. So, how are their kitchens supposed to preserve kosher-for-Pesach meals if breadcrumbs may get to plates of the host?

The Court’s ‘reasoning’ is too crazy for words. Religious Jews should rely on people who don’t keep from chametz on Pesach (Jews and Gentiles) that they will not have their chametz come into contact with hospital kosher-for-Pesach plates, cups, and cutlery? It is so unreasonable to expect, even from people who would be respectful of those who refrain from chametz.

Why not demand that the Rabbinate appoint Jews and Gentiles who don’t follow Jewish Law to be kashrut supervisors?

This ruling doesn’t damage Judaism. It damages the standing of the Court.

Such a ruling from outside of Israel, we’d call antisemitic lacking respect for religious the needs of the Jews. I don’t know what to call it here.

Any reasonable person understands that taking others (here: religious Jews) into account is not an infringement on one’s freedom but rather good manners and granting others their freedom. Apparently, the quintessential word here is reasonable. Gentile law is crazed about rights and doesn’t understand obligations. That’s why modern man is often so arrogant, self-centered, and spoiled. A historic new depth for the Court.

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And now, the AG tells the High Court that he doesn’t see a problem with Benyamin Netanyahu leading the next government although he’s indicted.

But before the elections, the same AG insisted on indicting him and he refused to say if that meant he couldn’t be PM. So that Netanyahu had to run under a cloud of suspicion which, no doubt, cost him many votes.

How is this even fair and legal?

The generally excellent legal specialist of the Jerusalem Post (not to be confused with the respectable JPost of the past) even opined that the AG “is stamping out opposition from Yesh Atid and other opposition factions.” Did he get insane too? How is one obstructing the opposition if one simply allows the majority to rule against the wishes of the opposition?

In another piece, the legal reporter completely misses a correct prediction of what will happen next. His whole line of reasoning makes complete sense. So at least we know that it won’t go like that. How do I know? The Likud has threatened with new elections if the High Court interferes here. The judges will assert they might and show that none will intimidate them. They’ll look like crazy for alternatives how not to provoke a fourth election and still hurt Netanyahu. They can’t afford to let anyone walk over them.

Yesh Atid leader Lapid, never too tired to speak from both sides of his mouth, now appealed to the Court to stop Netanyahu. But he also wants to join Netanyahu to stop Gantz from becoming the second PM in a rotation deal because Gantz wouldn’t be suitable. But in the elections, he ran together with Gantz to oust Netanyahu and have Gantz be PM. Crazy is the new normal. And of course, then he goes on and calls us mad.

In case of a fourth election in a row, Gantz deserves a huge election victory because he shows excellent leadership now. He set aside narrow political interests for the national good of being as effective as possible against the coronavirus pandemic. Deserves, but would he get what’s fair?

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 (https://diethylstilbestrol.co.uk/studies/des-and-psychological-health/), 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 lehavdiel 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, GLBTQAI, 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 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. 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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