Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Jews are a Nation founded on a Calling as laid down in its Religion

So much confusion and horror, among Jews and Gentiles, at Trump’s executive order defining Jews as a race or nation. “The Nazis also called us a race. Is this an invitation to kill us all?” “Is this going to be used to accuse us of dual loyalty to the State we live in?” This reveals the chronic panic underlying the lives of many Jews in the Diaspora. What are the facts?

1. Legal Stuff

Trump only used this definition to give Jews similar protection to other national minorities in the US. He did not mean to shake up any of the philosophical, sociological or religious notions of who/what is a Jew.

2. Nation

He hit the jackpot. Jews are a Nation like any other, except in two respects:
A. Jews are the only People founded on a Calling and not just as all other Nations, on a common language, history or location. Jews are therefore the only people who should not intermarry — because that does not enrich but rather waters down the Mission Jews should be on. (Various Gentiles refusing to intermarry each other are racists, supremacists or nationalists.)
B. Jews are widely hated, more widely than any other nationals. The first reason is jealousy — when Gentiles don’t see how hard Jews work to get where they are. Antisemitism is a major trick to keep exploitive society intact by setting up the workers against those ‘powerful Jews,’ taking the Jews hostage (abandoned by the working class and the Left, they have nowhere else to shelter) by the really powerful who then escape scrutiny. Zionism is the belief that Jews are entitled to govern their Homeland like any other Nation. (They do an extraordinary job at that, under the steady threat of terrorism and genocide, maligned and slandered by anti-Semitic media around the world and even from within the Jewish State.)

3. Race

Though the Jewish identity is commonly inherited, Jews have never been a race in the sense of ethnicity that must come from your ancestors. Anyone fit to take up the Calling can become a Jew. Converts enrich the Jewish People on condition that they learned to ascribe to the Jewish raison d’être, reason to exist as a Nation, it’s Mission. Much knowledge must be learned to join the Jews as Jews but the main thing to acquire is a certain mindset and the character traits that go with that. Being Jewish is such a powerful identity that it often feels as innate to Jew and Nazi alike.

4. Religion

Jews are most recognizable for their Religion which forms the core of their Culture and is the main Receptacle for that Holy Divine Calling. The Jewish Religion plays a very central role in what it means to be a Jew. (So-called irreligious Jews often have no idea how religious they really are.) But only assimilation has given it an erroneous equal footing to all other religions. Judaism is not merely a set of beliefs or habits. It is a Mission. Thus, it is a corruption to reduce Judaism to a(n important) hobby/pastime. It should inform and guide every (in)action, thought, and emotion of the Jew. The Jewish Mission is to teach everyone how to walk with G^d (without need to become Jewish, which asks such a complicated and laborious lifestyle), to be a Light unto the Nations, and to jointly perfect Man and Creation.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, previously a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He often makes his readers laugh, mad, or assume he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. 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 what (lack of) backgrounds, experiences, and educations contribute to his visions. * This year, he will prioritize getting his unpublished books published rather than just blog posts. Next year, he hopes to focus on activism against human extinction. To find less-recent posts on a subject XXX among his over 1400 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/ or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * Like most of his readers, he believes in being friendly, respectful, and loyal. However, 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 when don't deserve that. (Yet, we all make honest mistakes, which is just fine and does not justify losing support.) 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 - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight reality), 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. * Chronologically, his most influential teachers 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. This short list doesn't mean to disrespect others who taught him a lot or a little. * 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. When he can, 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, for Zionism, Intersectionality, 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. Read his blog on how he attempts to bridge any tensions between those ideas or fields. * He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (https://diethylstilbestrol.co.uk/studies/des-and-psychological-health/), born in 1953 to his 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, and decades more to admit to being a genius. But his humility was his to keep. And so was his honesty. Bullies and con artists almost instantaneously envy and hate him. He hopes to bring new things and not just preach to the choir. * 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, powerful therapist. He became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. 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 a strict vegan since 2008. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * 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. 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. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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