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

Israel’s chief rabbinate embarrasses Judaism, again

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter Square, Feb. 22, 2017. Credit: L'Osservatore Romano.
Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter Square, Feb. 22, 2017. Credit: L'Osservatore Romano.

Chief rabbinate signs declaration against euthanasia in the Vatican.

Jews should be exemplary. This rules out just joining other religions and blurring the differences between us and them. It’s like the teacher standing in the middle of the class and saying, Call me Chris.

Further, it is a lie that not preventing death is always against Jewish Law. The Talmud already admits that sometimes death is to be preferred. Not in the same way as Atheist European counties have legislated based on human autonomy going before everything else. But in Israeli hospitals, there often is a hands-off approach to patients in a terrible state — with the backing of the rabbis. Besides, the criteria for death (when one can pull the plug) are different (and highly complicated) for Jewish Law than for other beliefs or law systems. Their call upon medical personnel to listen to their conscience is outright stupid. People mercy-kill when they can’t bear to watch it any longer, not for being amoral monsters.

This is not different from Monotheist religions being against abortion but the way the Rabbis rule is often very different from in other religions.

Same with homosexuality, which is deeply forbidden in all major Monotheistic religions but the Jewish approach again differs.

Just joining other Monotheists against Atheists makes Jews redundant.

And then to voluntarily convene in the Vatican and not in Jerusalem is a shaming of G^d we haven’t seen yet.

It should be noted that no group in Israel follows the chief rabbis:
Self-perceived non-religious Jews don’t follow them.
Reform and Conservative Jews don’t follow them.
Modern-Orthodox Jews don’t follow them.
National-Religious Jews don’t follow them.
Ultra-Orthodox Jews don’t follow them.
Non-Ashkenazi Jews don’t follow them.

They each have their own spiritual leaders and the chief rabbis are not.

A good reason to finally fire and not replace them. Today.

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 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 (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. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me. To see other blog posts by him, a second blog - under construction - can be found by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture.
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