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

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’ĂȘtre, 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, a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (https://diethylstilbestrol.co.uk/studies/des-and-psychological-health/), 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 strict vegan since 2008. 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. * NEW: To see other blog posts by him, his overspill blog you can reach by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture at the head of every post. There you may find precursors to later TOI blog posts, addition or corrections of published TOI blog posts, blog posts the TOI will not carry and some thoughts that are too short to be a TOI blog post. Also, the TOI only allows for one blog post per blogger per 24 hours. Sometimes, he has more to say than that. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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