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Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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L^rd of the Universe, please forgive the religious fools

A Prayer for Life and Survival against the Assimilation of Jews

L^rd of the Universe, please forgive those Jews, persecuted, terrified, and therefore assimilated to concepts You didn’t teach, who talk like Christian preachers, who tell you You are allowed to use gravity but not evolution.

L^rd of the Universe, please forgive those Jews who never knew that the Written and the Oral Law are one law, who trust the Sages and Rabbi for transmitting the Letters of Your Torah, but not their vowels, punctuations, translations, or interpretations.

L^rd of the Universe, please forgive those religious-Jewish fools who believe that they know You better than the far-away Jews who still listen to the heartbeat of Abraham and Moses, of Rabbi Akiva, Maimonides, and Rashi, of their benevolent eye and kind sense of justice.

L^rd of the Universe, please forgive arrogant Jews who create You in their image, who want You to say exactly what they thought already, who live for stability against upheaval, no matter how much reality shouts at them.

L^rd of the Universe, please forgive heartless Jews who prefer to forbid over to allow, to rule stringent over lenient, who separates between Jew and Jew, and who play false gods or prophets without Your directions.

L^rd of the Universe, please forgive the Jews who got disheartened, tired, and lazy, who seek shortcuts and oversimplification, who make themselves too small to be Your messenger or recipient of Your Generosity.

L^rd of the Universe, please forgive those Jews who assume that You need their praise, and who think that loving You takes priority over loving all your children, whom they overlook, ignore, look down on, or despise.

L^rd of the Universe, please forgive those Jews who put faith before action, praying to You to save our lives and the world instead of becoming activists to save us from going extinct while praying that they will succeed.

L^rd of the Universe, please forgive those Jews who take from our holy books that we should diminish our happiness in the Three Weeks without looking at our present situation. It’s a sin to make ourselves depressed. So, in our times, we need to raise our happiness to be moderately happy.

L^rd of the Universe, please disempower those who threaten Jewish unity and continuity, who live by lies and manipulation, who live for honor and power, who fancy hatred over love, and secretly hate You.

L^rd of the Universe, please forgive those Gentiles who don’t try with all their might to protect us from danger, who still degrade us as if we are not Your appointed teachers, and want us to be like them and everyone else.

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 1600 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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