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

Not to vaccinate your kids disgraces Judaism and G^d’s Name

Live by them, the Commandments, teaches Moses (Leviticus 18:5). The Rabbis teach (Talmud, Sanhedrin 74a): and don’t die by them. This is a most important Torah principle. It’s not a loophole to allow for things the Torah would have forbidden–it is essential and basic. The hallmark of a holy life, Moses teaches, is to seek life (Deuteronomy 30:19).

The Sages also teach us, based on Exodus 21:19, that we are allowed – no: must – seek medical help. One can’t say: but if people got ill, G^d willed them to be ill and we must not go against His will. No! We don’t always know why difficult things happen but we know for sure that G^d wants us to help resolve – and better: prevent – unfortunate situations.

This is the core of the famous story of the man who went to the second floor because there was a flood. Came people in a boat. A miracle, we found you. Get in! He refuses. I’ve been a righteous man all my life–G^d will save me.

The water rises and he goes to the attack. Came people in a hovercraft. A miracle, we found you. Get in! He refuses. I’ve been a righteous man all my life–G^d will save me.

The water rises and he goes sit on the ridge of the roof. Came people in a helicopter. A miracle, we found you. Get in! He refuses. I’ve been a righteous man all my life–G^d will save me.

The water rises and he drowns. He was right. He was a righteous man all his life and goes straight to Heaven. Furious, he storms to the Heavenly Throne. You betrayed me! Well, says the Almighty, I did send you a boat, a hovercraft and a helicopter …

People often claim that G^d saves those that save themselves. I don’t know about that. Rather, He expects us to team up with Him. And what He does might save the day rather than what we did. But that doesn’t leave us off the hook. We must do what we can and after that, the rest is up to Him.

G^d wanted to save Lot but gave Abraham the opportunity to instrumental in his rescue (Genesis 18:17). Abraham didn’t change G^d’s mind, perish the thought. Rather, he lived up to His expectation.

Living among Gentiles always endangers the purity of the Jewish message. We can learn a lot of wisdom from the non-Jews, and we have. But we should not delude our Heritage, that saving a life almost pushes away any other rule. (For details, ask your rabbi.)

There are worthy traditions and religions that see things differently. Whatever will happen will happen. G^d is great and we are insignificant. Leave it up to Him. But Jews must not go there. Even not when we are desperate. Especially not when we are desperate. Only after we did all we could may we resign and surrender our lot to G^d’s mercy.

And not only do we perpetuate misery when we don’t grasp chances we have to improve things; we degrade and shame what people think of us–and if we are Jewish, what they think about Jews, Judaism and G^d. Jews have a mission to show all people what G^d wants from people. Judaism knows no greater sin than making light of this mission.

So, when Jews team up with others who have overly passive or archaic ideas about medicine or morality, we violate the whole reason for the existence of the Jewish People. It’s ethnic cleansing. Everyone waits for the Jews to be a guiding light. We must.

Not to accept that our children are vaccinated with known vaccines may kill people. Not only our own children but also others who are not vaccinated yet. You want to leave this world knowing that you endangered or even killed people? For nothing! Really? There is no greater theft and disgrace of Jews and G^d than committing murder.

Everyone is entitled to believe whatever old wives’ tales (my excuses to old wives) circulate on the Internet. But not to the extent that you commit suicide or murder. That goes beyond doing your own thing. Murder is a hard thing to correct. Listen to your physician. Ask questions if you must. Get another (but real) doc if you don’t trust yours.

The Torah is a tree of life for those who hold on to her and satisfies those who hold her up (Proverbs 3:18). For sure, He wants everyone to have a good life. Don’t waste it.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch Holocaust 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. * 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 and Rav Zev Leff. * 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. Many people can't understand or like him because he has such a wide vision that he never fits any specialist's box. But that exactly what others 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.
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