Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Let my people go, into the street, shops, eat out, and spend the money we saved!

Dear de outgoing (pardon the pun) government!

I’m part of this growing army of citizens, now still mostly pensioners, who are doubly vaccinated. We sat at home for 10 long months. Solitary confinement. We have not suffered as much as many younger people because we have the years, wisdom, and calmness to put such things into perspective. After being alive for so many years, with hopefully many more to follow, for one year staying put wasn’t that bad. But now!

It’s time to fly out. We’re immune. Our chance to still get a COVID-19 mildly is about 0.015%. We still will wear face masks and socially distance to encourage others to do so, and to avoid passing the virus from one to others, as long as there still is an active epidemic. But let us go (out) now!

We got our green passports (only the Hebrew version of the site works). But now, it’s only valid for foreign travel. We just want to go out, shop ’till we drop, go to the shuk, spend the money we’ve been saving up for ten months, make the shop owners and market vendors happy, revive! We long to meet friends and family for long (-overdue) hugs (no kissing).

But no, there is a lockdown. But, that should not count for us. We’ve been lock-downed enough. But more than that, we’re finally out of danger.

Strangely so, the current lockdown does not bring down infection rates by far as much as was hoped for. And that is disappointing, sad and scary. But, clearly, it’s not us, the doubly vaccinated contributing to this problem.

Having a green passport now, feels like getting a lottery ticket for a lotto that is not played. Let us go. Take us seriously. We know what we’re doing and what we want. Let us make everyone wish they were vaccinated too.

Soon, we also want to go to restaurants, movies, theatres, concerts.

When set free, we’ll strengthen your policies and make your life easier. We might even run into some young hooligans to calm them down in ways no police force can. But, more importantly, we can prestart the economy for all, make you look good, and win the elections (no guarantees, though).

As Ecclesiastes (almost) reads: There is a time for everything, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to hunker down at home and a time to leave lockdown during a pandemic when vaccinated.

We understand that as demissionary government, months before the elections, you’re very busy. But letting us go is by the stroke of a pen.

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 (, 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, lehavdil 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, LGBTQIA, 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 quite 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 500th 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. * To find his earlier blog posts on a certain subject XXX, among his over 1200 ones, go to the right-top corner of the Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". His second daily active less tame blog, to which one may subscribe, one may find here: or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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