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

I want the State of Israel to go by the Hebrew date

Although I'm for a separation between state and religion

The USA is wrong for holding on to the foot, inch, gallon, and Fahrenheit. It should join the community of nations and adopt the metric system. But Jews are the only People that should not assimilate because we are not founded on historic commonalities but on a holy Mission in life.

In Israel, salaries are paid by the ‘secular’ month. Books are kept by the ‘secular’ year. Why? The only people here who want Sunday to be a free day want that next to the free Jewish Shabbat, not instead of.

(NB: Non-Jewish and non-Israeli workers get days off from their tradition. Without having to take up vacation days and risk of being fired, as I had when I loved abroad and had to spend all my vacation day on keeping the Jewish holidays. Luckily, I could work all my Christian colleagues’ shifts which paid double so I was left without vacation but with extra pay.)

I firmly believe that history shows that the only compromise on democracy that is viable is when the State is under the direct leadership of a perfectly righteous Messiah. Until that time, we need full separation between State and religion. Anything less will lead to more corruption, nepotism, theft, and other cover-ups and deceit. But there is no secular in the Western year: it’s Christian. We could as well adopt the Iranian calendar.

We speak Hebrew, stores are closed and workers are home on Shabbat, and salaries should be paid at the end of every Hebrew month.

The Western calendar is based on the sun, the Muslim calendar is based on the moon, and the Jewish calendar is a combination of those. Actually, it’s the other way around: The other religions found the Jewish calendar too difficult and each produced their own simpler variant.

The Jewish calendar some years (7 out of 19) have a leap month. I’m sure that an extra month of salary and time just before Passover may help many with their Pesach shopping and cleaning. And we’re smart enough to adjust year figures to averages. (Every year has 12.37 months.)

Then, school years won’t start ever again four days before the High Holidays, which gives such a valse start feeling.

That doesn’t mean that I’m against public transportation on Shabbat. Why let the poorer Israelis who have no car suffer extra? But have only Gentiles drive them. Let them make a few extra bucks too.

Israel is the Nation-State of the Jewish People. So they can make aliyah — the rest needs a visa.

We do distinguish between Jews and Gentiles but not in a negative sense. Everyone is equal for the law, has equal representation, equal pay, etc.

From which does not follow at all that we should name and number our days after the Western calendar.

One advantage would be that in one generation, no Jewish Israeli would anymore want to say ‘happy new year’ around the beginning of January.

Last night I asked my bus driver: May I ask you something? Yes. Are you an Arab Muslim? He answered: Sure. And I am a Jewish Jew. And I think that this State should go in accordance with the Jewish calendar and not the ‘normal secular’ one because that’s really Christian. Indeed, he replied. I agree. All these drunk people and fireworks — so stupid and what a waste. He agreed, of course. We both beamed at our newly found unity. And then I added: And then Israel should ban Israel’s most popular drink, Coca-Cola. He looked puzzled. It’s American imperialism. He looked surprised. I’m joking, I explained. We both laughed and agreed, laughter is imperative.

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 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 (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, 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. 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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