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

G^d never hides His Face and never changes His Mind

I know the drill. Sometimes, G^d is angry with us and doesn’t show us favors. He ‘is silent’ while we suffer.

I find it an interesting idea but I don’t buy it.

What do you mean, G^d doesn’t speak to me? Do you really speak to Him?

What do you mean, He’s angry with us? Anger is forbidden to us because it’s a form of idolatry. When we’re angry, we show that we forgot that everything is under His supervision. There’s coincidence nor misfortune.

Then how could we dare to accuse G^d of anger?

Well, when we’re angry, we show that we don’t believe in Him. As if there is a power besides Him, Heaven forbid. But when He ‘is angry,’ He shows the same. That He trust in us to shape up–a good thing.

He doesn’t punish. He challenges us.

The question is never, Why is He silent to me? The question is, Why are we silent and don’t we listen?

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I feel that this misunderstanding of an angry, disappointed G^d comes from wrongly reading the Torah.

Many times G^d seemingly intervenes, curses, changes His Mind. This is then seen as Him being disappointed, let down, sold short by humans.

That can’t be true.

  1. G^d doesn’t need anything from anyone. He’s complete, perfect, and lacks nothing.
  2. He’s not an idol that needs to be appeased, pleased, and placated.
  3. He knows ahead of our time what will happen. You can’t surprise someOne Who knows the future perfectly.

I think that the Torah’s message is the opposite.

We need to realize how disappointing we are.

  • We assumed we could abide by one directive (Don’t eat from that tree).
  • We would never get so angry that we hit our brother such that he’d die.
  • We could never be so immoral that no human society can be built with us.
  • We would not all be so lost that G^d had to pick one person to head an exceptional family to teach all of us.
  • We could never be so wicked that we needed a whole special People to teach all of us.
  • We could never be so terrible that we would try to exterminate that special Nation for thousands of years.
  • We could never be so horrible that the most advanced country in the world would applaud the industrial genocide of that People, actually murdering 6 million of them, including 1.5 million children.
  • We could never be such monsters to say after that, it didn’t happen but it should be completed until not one Jew is left alive.

But we have.

This is what human beings have done.

More than having let G^d down, we have betrayed ourselves.

G^d knew all along what a mess we were and would make.

He’s only replying: You have overestimated yourselves all the time. Now you know again how low you’ve fallen, you can also understand that the ‘original’ goal needs an update.

G^d was never surprised and never changed His Mind. Mid-game, we moved the goalposts. So G^d had to adjust the rules. Don’t blame Him.

NB: Humans are a bit like the small boy who’s ‘helping daddy’ carrying the banana’s while he’s bringing in the shopping. For daddy, the help is insignificant. But it would be cruel to tell the boy that. So, don’t tell people who need to believe they’re ‘helping G^d’ that He doesn’t need the help. That they’re just building their own character. That would be insensitive.

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, 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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