Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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I see a link between Abbas’ awful speech and the awful earthquake in Morocco

That doesn’t mean I have proof of a causal connection or G^d’s intentions

King Salomon wrote it already (Ecclesiastes): There is nothing new under the sun. Mahmoud Abbas’ dissertation was already Antisemitic. I know this for decades. So I didn’t faint when he justified the Holocaust again.

(After being caught talking anti-Jewish dog whistles and stereotypes and justifying the Holocaust, his office now says: “Mahmoud Abbas’s position on this matter is clear and unwavering, which is a full condemnation of the Nazi Holocaust and a rejection of antisemitism.” Suuure. We’re relieved.)

The international surprise at his malicious speech shows how worldwide ongoing anti-Jewish media bias is part of the problem. His predecessor, Yasser Arafat, was the same. A terrorist leader, oppressor of his own People, ruthless, while their alternatives are worse. How could I not feel for the rightless people living under their occupation in the West Bank?

The Rabbis tell us that we Jews must take everything that happens in the world as a message from G^d to us and feel the suffering of any disaster victim. All Peoples are naturally chauvinists, but Jews are called upon also to be universalists. The King of Morocco once discovered what a sweet Nation the Jews are, and he has since taught his People to respect us. So, when a 6.8 earthquake on Shabbat killed thousands of Moroccans with hundreds of thousands injured, of course, we are pained and will help.

It certainly is not just because Marrakesh’s historic Jewish quarter lies in ruin. It’s important, but each of the victims was created in G^d’s image.

If you are puzzled by the injustice of natural disasters in general, know this. 1. Many victims lived in improper, unsafe housing. Don’t blame G^d for that. 2. No human death is good. It’s all a disaster for G^d’s public relations. Only sandwich parents, taking care of their kids and elderly parents, understand why death was a historic necessity. And appreciate that G^d wants us to partner with Him to realize physical immortality.

So often, a natural disaster strikes just before the Jewish New Year to impress on us the need to better our lives. So often, like here, the victims are innocent. Wicked people need to live longer since G^d hates wasting souls on the evil that He needs to be perpetrated. The fewer, the better.

Evil opens its mouth; the earth opens its mouth. G^d is showing us He’s behind it all. Not to say that the victims of the tremblor are responsible. G^d always takes the purest humans first. Only then do we see a disaster. If a disaster would hurt the bad people, the message doesn’t come across.

I see the connection. Privately, I’m supposed to see the connection. But I don’t pretend to speak for G^d. Let’s shape up a bit, each of us, to honor those stricken by the earthquake so that their sacrifice won’t be in vain.

One doesn’t need to be religious to see it as a warning of a quake here.

And let’s not forget the suffering of all the Arabs still living without human rights, including democracy, under the PA or any other ruthless regime.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, previously a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He often makes his readers laugh, mad, or assume he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. He's proud that his analytical short comments are removed both from left-wing and right-wing news sites. None of his content is generated by the new bore on the block, AI. * As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. Or not at all because he doesn't claim G^d talks to him. He gives him good ideas—that's all. MM doesn't believe that people observe and think in a vacuum. He, therefore, wanted a broad bio that readers interested can track a bit what (lack of) backgrounds, experiences, and educations contribute to his visions. * This year, he will prioritize getting his unpublished books published rather than just blog posts. Next year, he hopes to focus on activism against human extinction. To find less-recent posts on a subject XXX among his over 2000 archived ones, go to the right-top corner of a Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". One can find a second, wilder blog, to which one may subscribe too, here: or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * Like most of his readers, he believes in being friendly, respectful, and loyal. However, if you think those are his absolute top priorities, you might end up disappointed. His first loyalty is to the truth. He will try to stay within the limits of democratic and Jewish law, but he won't lie to support opinions or people when don't deserve that. (Yet, we all make honest mistakes, which is just fine and does not justify losing support.) He admits that he sometimes exaggerates 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. * Sometimes he's misunderstood because his wide and diverse field of vision seldomly fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what some love about him. He has written a lot about Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (including basic statistics), Politics (Israel, the US, and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight reality), 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), the Climate Crisis, Ecology and Veganism, Affairs from the news, or the Torah Portion of the Week, or new insights that suddenly befell him. * Chronologically, his most influential teachers 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. This short list doesn't mean to disrespect others who taught him a lot or a little. One of his rabbis calls him Mr. Innovation [Ish haChidushim]. Yet, his originalities seem to root deeply in traditional Judaism, though they may grow in unexpected directions. In fact, he claims he's modernizing nothing. Rather, mainly basing himself on the basic Hebrew Torah text, he tries to rediscover classical Jewish thought almost lost in thousands of years of stifling Gentile domination and Jewish assimilation. (He pleads for a close reading of the Torah instead of going by rough assumptions of what it would probably mean and before fleeing to Commentaries.) This, in all aspects of life, but prominently in the areas of Free Will, Activism, Homosexuality for men, and Redemption. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, and disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed. He aims to bring a fresh perspective rather than harp on the obvious and familiar. When he can, he loves to write encyclopedic overviews. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds should be disputed. In short, his main political positions are among others: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, anti those who abuse democratic liberties, anti the fake ME peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, pro-Science, pro-Free Will, anti-blaming-the-victim, and for down-to-earth, classical optimism, and happiness. Read his blog on how he attempts to bridge any tensions between those ideas or fields. * He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (, born in 1953 to his parents who were Dutch-Jewish Holocaust survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork. He grew up a humble listener. It took him decades to become a speaker too, and decades more to admit to being a genius. But his humility was his to keep. And so was his honesty. Bullies and con artists almost instantaneously envy and hate him. He hopes to bring new things and not just preach to the choir. * He holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam) – is half a doctor. He practices Re-evaluation Co-counseling since 1977, is not an official teacher anymore, and became a friendly, powerful therapist. He became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years, he was active in hasbara to the Dutch-speaking public. 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 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. 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 an original peek outside of your cultural bubble. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me. * His newest books you may find here:
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