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Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Is this the secret reason why so many churches still try to convert Jews?

Is an undisclosed fear pushing missionaries to work on the Jews?

Converting Jews is finishing Hitler’s work. It is genocide. Trying to get rid of the Jews. But why do some churches spend so much money attempting to convert Jews into Christians? (Jews stay Jews, so it’s a futile endeavor.)

Many more Christians than the ones who try to convert Jews won’t agree to stop them and won’t help baptized Jew to re-find their way back home.

Why do so many Christians dream of and pray for Jewish annihilation? Is it just patricide from ungrateful children going all the way? Why has it been such an uphill battle for so many Christians to simply respect/love the Jews? Not to love Jews in the sense of I love fish and then eat it. Rather, love as a higher manifestation of respect. To respect, love, and protect.

Is it supremacy based on Greek competition and false pride that makes many look down upon Jews as primitive and backward to feel good about something flawed of their own? If you claim that Judaism is outdated, you don’t need to learn how your own religion distorted Jewish concepts.

But perhaps, it’s the fear that Christians would seek conversion to Judaism, under the old principle that offense is the best defense. But, Jews don’t seek converts. The Torah tells us that we’re supposed to be a small nation.

Yet, when a Gentile keeps insisting that s/he wants to live as a Jew, we do welcome them. And, an increasing number of Christians are reading (a shaky translation of) the Torah and thinking a little for themselves. This results in an infectious run to the People of G^d and the State of Israel.

Some 400 years ago, the Seven Provinces ‘welcomed’ the Spanish and Portuguese Jews fleeing the Iberian Peninsula without much sympathy for them. The Dutch were fighting what would become an 80-year-long war of independence against Spain. Wars cost money. The S&P Jews could lend them. The five conditions for them to settle in the Low Countries included Injunctions against talking to Christians about the Jewish religion, against preaching in public, against intermarriage, and against joining a guild!

Jews are not longing for two billion (or 100 million) Christians to convert to Orthodox Judaism. But what can we do when Christians want to join?

The Jewish Path has always been to respect the Gentiles and try to be their teachers, even when they hate us. This ambition was never a hobby or out of generosity. It is a G^d-given Directive that is Jews’ raison d’être.

We are completely satisfied when all Gentiles convert to true Monotheism and will be eager to learn from us what G^d wants from them as Gentiles.

Yet, who can stop G^d’s wonderous Ways? We’ll just need to wait and see what happens when Christians stop all attempts to push the Gospels onto the Jews. Meanwhile, Jews just pray that soon, all Gentiles as Gentiles will accept that G^d is One, and all its implications, among them, world peace.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, an almost daily blog contributor to the Times of Israel, and previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. 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. * As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. He doesn't believe that people observe and think in a vacuum. He, therefore, wanted a broad bio that readers interested can track a bit about what (lack of) backgrounds, experiences, and education contribute to his visions. * To find less-recent posts on subject XXX among his over 1600 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, here: https://mmvanzuiden.wordpress.com/. * Like most of his readers, he believes in being friendly, respectful, and loyal. Yet, 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 who don't deserve that. 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), 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. * 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. * 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. 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, anti-elitism, anti-bigotry and supremacy, for Zionism, Intersectionality, and 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. * He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (https://diethylstilbestrol.co.uk/studies/des-and-psychological-health/), born in 1953 to 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. Bullies and con artists almost instantaneously envy and hate him. * 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, empowering therapist. He became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids non-violently. 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 being a strict vegan since 2008. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. He lives with his library in Jerusalem. Feel free to contact him. * His writing has been made possible by a (second-generation) Holocaust survivors' allowance 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.
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