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

It’s not the Rabbis’ position on homosexuality that shames them

Even if one is convinced that it’s a grave sin in Judaism to need a same-sex partner (how can a human need be a sin – its ridiculous, I admit, but give that some people are so stuck on this mistake), from where does it then follow that one can speak out aggressively without any consideration for homosexuals, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders?

Are they the new Nazis that hate Jews and must be opposed by any means? What about religious GLBT Jews? They should just kill themselves in order to be holy enough for the anti-gay rabbis? Heaven forbid! (And Heaven know that they have done in so many cases already.)

These rabbis (but not all Orthodox Rabbis) believe in the mantras that homosexuals are sinners, modernity is a sinners’ nest and the embrace of gays is a serious form of modern sin. This is most important of what they need to address? They don’t need to proclaim anymore that there is One G-d, that all people are created in His image or that Jews have a special task in the world? No, there is one thing they need to trumpet around: “Down with the gays!”?

(Sexual orientation is not the only thing around sexuality that some loud rabbis are ignorant about. While there are Orthodox Rabbis who are specialized in how to corner abusers, and most people are too naive to understand how forceful one must be, some rabbis stand out by proclaiming their ignorance for all to hear. See also yesterday’s post.)

Don’t they know any better? No, they don’t. Most of their wives probably do. Which makes us question the healthiness of their marriages if they don’t consult them. GLBTQs are to Straights what women are to men: generally, a beacon of humaneness and hope, of realism and wisdom.

No, it’s not these rabbis unintelligible stance on homosexuality that shames them most. Rather it’s their ignorance on homosexuals, their ignorance on their ignorance and their ability to bully the underdog.

However, don’t blame Judaism. Don’t blame the GLBTQ. The “religious” opponents are about to find out – and stop defending – their enormous mistake. I can hear already the foreshadow of the fore-echo of their deep regrets and heartfelt apologies.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch Holocaust 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. * 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 and Rav Zev Leff. * 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. Many people can't understand or like him because he has such a wide vision that he never fits any specialist's box. But that exactly what others 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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