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

Israel with a lot of hard work lives by miracles

Israel has a democracy, a justice system, a police corps and a world-famous military and none of it and not even all of it can guarantee that we’ll stay around. The challenges are steep and the mood sometimes somber.

Yet, most Israelis live happily. Most of us are Jews, a People that swerve between naive and paranoid, between hope and defeatism. Mostly naive.

But in any case, we don’t sit around, just anticipating to be saved by G^d. We try a lot to survive. But most Israelis know that we never stood a chance and we made it anyway, so far. That helps the hoping, which we need because:

  • Soon we’ll have the Eurovision Song Festival. The Junta in Gaza will find it impossible not to disturb the peace at least a bit. Like any attention seeker who sees a camera.
  • The US and Iran are playing chicken. Many agree that if it comes to a military confrontation between them, Iran will fire nukes at Israel.
  • The imminent Deal of the Century by Trump & co will be the ideal pretext for Arab Palestinian leaders to call for armed resistance, even if the “peace plan” would be unfair to Israel and endanger her.
  • Hamas still wants to take over the West Bank from the PA. Not to hurt the PA but to hurt us. But the PA is lavishly paying its murderers, inviting new Jew slayers.
  • Traditionally, we are called upon to live not just by Monotheism but also by monogamy. Life-long one man and one woman in one house, lead by her. Seems more and more beyond us.

And still, we just do it. If it’s totally impossible, we do it anyway. That’s how Israel won all its wars. That’s how we do everything here. We wing it, we dare, we try while we oscillate between “we have no choice” and “that’s all there is [take it or leave it].”

You can call it supernatural miracles or stubborn optimism or both. Lechaim!

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To subscribe to his daily blog posts, click on the circle next to the blogger's picture, containing a dot with two quarter circles around it (the Feed Computer icon). * The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), 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 vegan for 8 years now. 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, 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. * He likes doing age-appropriate and age-inappropriate things and looks forward to getting to know his timeless mature out-of-the-box soul mate. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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