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

I’m not an Atheist but G^d is

G^d’s an Atheist, only believes in Himself, in Nothing above Him. Or maybe the reverse, not believing in Himself at all. Either way, He’s an Atheist.

And, He’s pretty intolerant about others worshiping idols or no one.

And He can’t stand anyone who disagrees with Him.

And He’s not willing to compromise or humbly call Himself an Agnostic — because He knows everything (better than anyone).

He also refuses to grow or change. This because He’s perfect.

Why would anyone want to relate to Him then? Well, surprisingly, He does have a good Ear. He can listen well and lovingly. He also believes that you can. He rarely takes matters out of your hands into His Own Hands. He is the perfect Therapist. He patiently listens until you find solutions yourself. Sometimes He gives a hint but only to those who listen well too.

And with all the help that He gives, He seldom claims any credit. As if you did it all on your own. Though, He would like you to acknowledge Him.

He doesn’t need to be worshiped, though. He’d rather have you follow His advice. Cause He does give Advice. Lots of it. But He doesn’t force anyone. He seeks our free-willed initiative and only after that, He teams up with us.

He’s also an excellent Storyteller. His anecdotes are full of surprise turns and none of His readers ever needs to get bored. And He makes you think.

And He admonishes. He understands that we’re lazy so He prods, eggs on.

He also gives a good example. He could do everything Himself but He delegates to show us to make a joint effort too and not to stay isolated.

So, I admit that He’s quite unique — and charming, perhaps.

Disadvantage: It’s such a mess in the world. When you ask Him to clean it up a bit, He always says: You go right ahead. I will follow you.

Yes, He does partner with us. And He has a great sense of humor.

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Two questions intrigue me. Why do we, on the Fast day of Esther, not fast three days and why do we in Jerusalem not have Purim Shushan (Shushan Purim — venahafoch hu) like in Shushan, two days?

The obvious answer to the first question is: because people can’t fast for three days anymore. But then, why only a one day Festival in Jerusalem?

The answer to the last question is: Because of the holiness of the Holy Land, one day suffices.

And that’s also the answer to why only one fast day. Outside of Israel, it’s because of general weakness but inside the Land, it’s because one day does it all. That’s caused by the awesomeness of living here.

Well, one thing above is not correct. We only celebrated the day after we killed all the Nazis. (We were not happy to kill.) So that was in Shushan the 15th, the rest of the world the 14th. Purim festivities were always one day.

Happy Purim everyone!

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 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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