Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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On death and G^d

I’m awaiting the funeral of my dear brother Theo.

Don’t tell me (or anyone ever) that death ‘is natural, ‘is part of life’!

‘Natural’ death, murder, war, strife, hatred, and oppression are NOT to be accepted as inevitable. This is not what G^d wants. Everybody translates Lamentations 3:38 rhetorically “Is it not from the Mouth of the Most High that Evil and Good come forth?” Although, in my Book, it says: “It is not from the Mouth of the Most High that Evil and Good come forth.” However, in any case, the next verse leaves nothing unclear: “What shall a living human complain, someone in charge who’s obligated?” In other words, by being disobedient, we, not G^d, cause painful bitter verdicts.

The obvious question is: How we can leave G^d off the hook as He set up the system? The traditional-Jewish answer is that G^d created the world and people unfinished. This, to give us a chance to complete the works of Creation together with Him. To repair the world and refine our character. Stepping up to this task will leave us unbelievably meritorious. And greatly enhance our enjoyment of the result as it is not passively received but we worked for it. In that sense, the world is perfect already: perfect for its goal to have us assist and cooperate with the Creat^r to bring perfection.

To return to my initial rejection of evil: ‘Natural’ death, murder, war, strife, hatred, and oppression are invitations to resist! We ought to fight death (as physicians do), murder (law enforcement), war (peace diplomacy), strife (mediation), hatred (teaching empathy), and oppression (liberation).

Don’t blame G^d. Don’t blame people. Don’t blame nature. Don’t accept evil as the inevitable unending everlasting condition. Resist! A call to arms!

Doctors work to end all major illnesses. Then comes the curing of all diseases. Then comes to stop the aging processes. Then comes the reversal of any aging. Meanwhile, we must stop the destruction of the environment and nature (climate change). Then comes the hardest part.

All the above will be hard. But clearly not impossible. But the greatest challenge will be the ending of strife, hatred, murder, war, and oppression.

And even harder: rejecting self-mutilation: recreational and numbing drugs, couch surfing, under-sleeping, over-eating, etc.

Hard, but not impossible. I can show that to all true Monotheists. The fact that G^d still hasn’t sent His Redeemer proves that He still believes in us.

And to the true Atheists, I say: You have no excuse not to work for this.

The above doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be angry with G^d when a loved one died. I told Him already several times what I think of Him. He’s a wonderful counselor. He listens well and doesn’t go on the defense. He knows we need this.

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, 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: https://mmvanzuiden.wordpress.com/ 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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