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

G^d’s clock is always right

Rabbi Dessler writes: G^d’s Name is improving in the world; but will that be because of you or despite of you? The two animals to be sacrificed in the test for G^d or the Baal, they both hallowed G^d’s Name, one by being accepted and one by being rejected. Redemption will come. No one can stop that. But the question is, will it come also because of us or despite of us?

We left Egypt, received the Torah and time had come to enter the Land. But we couldn’t because Miriam spoke negatively, so did the ten Spies, so did Korach and so did the people about the Manna (Numbers 21:5).

What punishment did they get? Each fitting their particular crime.

  • Miriam had to wait a week in a pit. She had elevated herself to the level of Moses and had to learn her lower place.
  • The believers of the Spies had to dig their own graves and go to sleep in them every 9th of Av and wait if they were among the two-and-a-half percent who would die that night. They kept G^d waiting, now He kept them waiting.
  • Korach bit off more than he could chew. Now the earth swallowed him up.
  • And the ungrateful Manna-eaters would be bitten by snakes — that we know, eat from the dust of the earth (Genesis 3:14). For their complaint of “unsubstantial” food, they were bitten by creatures that don’t kill for food.

But besides that the punishments were each specific, they also had something in common, besides that they were all for slander. What was that?

The time to enter the Land had come but we couldn’t handle it yet. How can we know that that time had came? Instead, the land entered into the punishments — the pit, sleeping in a grave, the mouth of the earth and the dust of the earth.

G^d’s clock is always right. The question is if we are in sink.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), 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 He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will.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 vegan for 8 years now. 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, 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. * He likes doing age-appropriate and age-inappropriate things and looks forward to getting to know his timeless mature out-of-the-box soul mate. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me. To see other blog posts by him, a second blog - under construction - can be found by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture.
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