Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Korach hiding his true face — the beginning of modern politics

The Punishment of the Rebels is a fresco by Sandro Botticelli, the Sistine Chapel, Rome. On the right, the rebels attempt to stone Moses, Joshua protecting him. The center shows Korah and conspirators being driven out by Moses and Aaron. To the left, the ground opens and the two principal conspirators sink into it -- from Wikipedia.
The Punishment of the Rebels is a fresco by Sandro Botticelli, the Sistine Chapel, Rome. On the right, the rebels attempt to stone Moses, Joshua protecting him. The center shows Korah and conspirators being driven out by Moses and Aaron. To the left, the ground opens and the two principal conspirators sink into it -- from Wikipedia.

So often, politics consists of people of prominence who claim leadership without ever having been chosen. They frequently will speak about what the people need but only have in mind their own grandeur. Where did this all start? Perhaps with the revolt of Korach and his co-conspirators.

A lot of trouble in the desert was around evil speech (Miriam, the Spies, Bilam, Korach) but the latter stood out because of its intentional falsehood.

They claimed that there was no need for leaders because we are all holy. (Apparently, they learned nothing from G^d even disapproving of Aharon and Miriam seeing themselves on the same level as Moses.)

Moses didn’t even react to what they said. They were not anarchists who wanted to do away with leaders. He rather responded to what they meant: We would be better leaders. It was a power grab.

Another thing that was unique of the uprising of Korach & co was that they cut off the branch they were sitting on. Moses was the great defender of sinners before the Heavenly Throne. They killed off their lawyer. How stupid.

(Moses always uses the prosecution’s argument to fight it. G^d says: They’re so stiff-necked. Moses replies: Ain’t that great how stubborn they are in their beliefs? It’s hard to convince them but once they are, they won’t change their mind so quickly too. Here they say: It’s [too] much for your — all this prominence. He replies: isn’t your status as Levites not much?)

It’s not that I don’t understand them or feel bad for them. They were just told that they were not going to enter the Promised Land but rather were to die off in the desert. They wanted to return to good old Egypt. Showing once more that they weren’t fit to enter the Holy Land. They overlooked their wives and children who were fit. G^d didn’t.

The whole Exodus is riddled with people who wouldn’t make it. Only 20% left Egypt. Many died because of sins on the way. Until the rebellion against Pinnechas. There, a new way came about to purify the people before getting into the Land: repentance. Just looking up [to Heaven] would be enough to stay alive. Today, we’re still on that program.

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The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), 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, 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. * 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. 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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