Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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In G^d we trust?

Don’t blame Him

Most of the world’s misery is self-inflicted or comes from humans hurting each other. But G^d created us, knows our (limited) potential, and still gave the steering wheel into our hands. Clearly, He’s responsible for all the havoc we wreck, no? The buck needs to stop somewhere.

It’s like giving the car keys to a child and when the car crashes, playing innocent (how was I supposed to know?) or blaming the child. Or to give a switchblade to a baby. Don’t worry, he’ll learn. The police will not remove the blade but the baby. Simply put, He knew what mess we’d make.

G^d foreknows every wrong move we could make. How not hold Him responsible? Yes, He told us what to do. He made us decent. But He also created the Evil Inclination for us. He knows how hard it is for us to do the right thing. And often impossible. How could anyone blame (or praise) us?

We know that G^d Himself also keeps the Commandments. The Torah’s ways are pleasant. Making G^d look bad is a terrible sin. Saving a life goes almost before any Commandment. How can He stand by idly?

G^d should send the Redeemer NOW. Or better, before the Holocaust.

Yes, We Can Improve

A possible answer is that He doesn’t save us heads-on because apparently, He still believes in us. Rabbijn Shlomo Carlebach explains that Noach’s big mistake was that he didn’t believe in people. He reproached his generation but did it without any trust in them. More than we need to teach our kids to believe in G^d, we need to teach them that G^d believes in them.

Reb Shlomo also said often: You never know. He meant: Don’t have low expectations of people. He explained: Someone could be too stingy to give 5 cents to charity and the next day give his life for defending others.

Many Monotheistic Faiths make G^d much too large. As if He alone can save us. How about each other? Just relying on Him has hardly worked.

If G^d (still) believes in us, maybe it’s high time that we believe in us too. Not in the Atheistic way. That also hardly worked. But that we are capable of cooperating with G^d to repair and perfect ourselves and the world.

Having no trust in or hope for people leads both to blaming G^d (we really can’t?) and to only relying on G^d (and not His children). Well, like it or not, G^d disagrees, apparently. If you’re really a Monotheist, you must be or become an activist. The human situation is dire. But, in us G^d trusts.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He often makes his readers laugh, mad, or assume he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. 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 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, lehavdil 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, LGBTQIA, 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 quite 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 500th 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. * To find his earlier blog posts on a certain subject XXX, among his over 1200 ones, go to the right-top corner of the Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". His second daily active less tame blog, to which one may subscribe, one may find here: https://mmvanzuiden.wordpress.com/ or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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