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

I am not going to pray for more rain!

The Chief Rabbinate has asked the public to say special prayers for rain. I’m not going to do that.

First of all, all traditional Jews in Israel are already asking for rain from Ram Cheshvan 7, trice every workday.

Special prayers for rain are said in case of a life-threatening drought. However, we should also be very careful not to add to standard prayers needlessly, just at any occasion. Not only because that’s hardship for the worshipers. It’s also a denigration of the Men of the Great Assembly who composed our daily prayers thus that they are fit for any occasion.

So there is no such thing here as “it can’t do any harm and it may do some good.” But there is more.

Would the Chief Rabbis call upon the public to pray against shoplifting? No. Why not? Because that’s not in the hands of G^d. It would implore the police to be more vigilant.

Likewise, the State religious leaders should ask municipalities to fine people who “sweep” the street with their block’s fire hose. Neighborhoods with too many violators should have their water cut off a couple of hours a day. They should call upon people to take care of their leaking toilets. Households with the most water usage per inhabitant should be inspected. This all is not under G^d’s control; He appointed us.

Now, it is possible that the Chief Rabbis asked this because we have such prayers from the times that drought could expel us from the Land. But nowadays, the government just buys water when there is a shortage, as it did already last month. That means that wasting water just is thievery from everyone’s wallet. We don’t pray against that – we send the police.

Last but not least, desalination plants must be built with foresight. Some have been built already and some not. On that we also do not beseech the L^rd of the Universe.

As long as water comes out of the tap and people waste water all day long, no special prayers for more rain should be said.

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To subscribe to his daily blog posts, click on the circle next to the blogger's picture, containing a dot with two quarter circles around it (the Feed Computer icon). * 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.
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