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Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Jewish unity is not optional, an adornment only, or impossible

We don’t blame the victims of Antisemitism, but they still need to shape up

We were united ‘as one human of one mind’ (That is the proper translation of the Hebrew) when we received the Torah.

The Sages and Rabbis tell us the only thing that stops the Final Redemption from happening right now is Jewish infighting.

Let’s look at what still makes us infight and then plot against that. When it gets clearer what bugs us, we can defuse the infighting on those points.

1. It’s easier to infight than to unite and together fight the real enemies.

2. One of the Jewish sects estranged and murdered us for 2,000 years. It enabled us to see an enemy more clearly. But, now that we returned to our own Land, Jewish infighting has become more forceful.

3. Some Jewish infighting comes from faulty assumptions, also called baseless (unrelated) hatred. Many secular Jews assume that the religious hate them. Generally, that is not true. Many religious Jews assume that the secular Jews want nothing to do with them. Generally, that is not true.

4. Some extremist religious Jews justify their infighting by declaring the polar-opposite camp the enemy. They call them the Mixed Multitude. Some extremist secular Jews justify their infighting by declaring the polar-opposite camp the enemy. They call them un-Jewish too. Telling discord.

(Let’s distinguish between extremist followers who hate but think they’re right and extremist leaders who know they’re lying to justify the hatred).

5. We are obligated to love one another like ourselves. That cannot mean having a warm feeling about others. It means making the others feel you love them. The like ourselves part means we need to use empathy, which can be learned. To hate in the Torah is to connect but not 100% lovingly.

6. A special honorable place goes to the hatred of homosexuals. Half a century of blanket rabbinic condemnation (to use a friendly word) and total passivity on preventing teen-Gay suicides are now compounded by fresh lies that the Rabbis have nothing against them. Revolting! How can we merit Redemption with so much lying, hypocrisy, and baseless hatred? G^d cannot ignore Rabbis hating and rejecting 1 million innocent Jews.

7. Most sins that we explicitly, collectively confess to on Yom Kippur are done with the mouth: when we lie and when we slander fellow Jews.

8. G^d wanted us because we easily disagree. (This, to tell the Gentiles: If even the Jews agree with Me, it must be deserved.) But, sometimes, we must agree with all other Jews and even ourselves.

9. Many Jews in synagogue services don’t say obligatory Amens properly on four central, frequent statements. They quickly move on to say their next lines but thereby delay Redemption. We must insist on these Amens!

A. G^d is [in the process of] reviving the dead.

B. G^d is [in the process of] returning His Holy Spirit to Tziyon.

C. He Who makes peace Above, He will make peace for us and all Jews.

D. May He send His Redeemer. (We say Amen before the last letter (הּ) and then the Aramaic only said: May He send a redeemer.)

Either, to speak words has no meaning (and then, what are you doing in a religious service?), or it does, and then, show it by agreeing. Yes, it’s hard.

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 1550 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. * 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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