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

From the Pope, if you want it, it’s not a fairy tale

Famously, the visionary and founder of modern Zionism (so, not G^d or Moses), Theodor Herzl, wrote that if you want it, it’s not a fairy tale.

Our present Pope has published an encyclical with the Napoleonic and Beethovenian title “Fratelli Tutti” We are all Brothers. Against opposition (similar to what Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks received, may he rest in peace).

He turns against the greed of capitalism and the scourge of nationalism {he calls it, “geographic narcissism”). He pleads for wealth redistribution.

Coming from Italy, it blatantly speaks for refuges, against closing borders.

He wants love to dictate our every action, rejects war and death penalty.

This, to right historic wrongs, to live more honorably and harmoniously.

His text will endure as a work of great moral dignity and significance.


At this historic moment of pleading to correct moral injustices of millennia and epic proportion, surely, he wants the Church to lead by example.

It is therefore proper to ask the Holy See to see to it right now, that the Vatican returns all the Jewish artifacts it has in its cellars or anywhere.

The early manuscripts, the Temple artifacts, the whole bloody bakery.

His holiness will certainly honor the Biblical Command as translated in the Brenton Septuagint that reads: “it shall come to pass, whensoever he shall have sinned, and transgressed, that he shall restore the plunder which he has seized, or redress the injury which he has committed, or restore the deposit which was entrusted to him, or the lost article which he has found of any kind, about which he swore unjustly, he shall even restore it in full; and he shall add to it a fifth part besides; he shall restore it to him whose it is in the day in which he happens to be convicted.” He’ll add a cheque.

Of course, the idea alone that Jews would get money (with interest) will be good enough for another antisemitic outcry. When Jews have no money, they are Untermenschen. And when they do have, they are lice sucking up everyone’s dough. But I know no more righteous monetary claim than the one I just made. It will also help the Church to abide by her vow of poverty.

The Pope knows that the Jews are the Eternal People. We are also the only People really with a memory. So, besides that G^d will bless the Church that blesses the Jews (Bible), Jews will also never forget his righteousness.

Ah, you want to say that it is silly to ask this and expect this? That’s exactly the reaction Hertzl received on his idea of a modern Jewish State.

If you want it [and expect it], it will not be merely a fairytale. Sometimes, one first needs to know what to ask before the Universe/G^d will grant it.

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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