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

On the futility and immorality of Civil Law

Jewish religious Law agrees that we should obey Civil Law (unless it’s immoral, like Nazi law) because, without any government, people would eat each other alive. Generally, some law is better than no law.

(Some argue that in the Jewish State, Jewish Law should govern so that here we should not have Civil Law, but that’s a separate discussion.)

A senior Israeli lawyer who is religious once told me: Whoever looks at all jurisprudence, judicial president-creating decisions by the Israeli Supreme Court? It’s not worth the paper it’s written on. Comes another law or interpretation and the presidents even become irrelevant. But look at Torah Law. The Mishnah of thousands of years ago is still studied and relevant. Because the former is nonsensical and the latter is Truth.

(Sure, it is hard when rabbis were erroneous, like declaring Gentiles (originally: idol worshippers) subhuman or sexuality of homosexuals forbidden. This is hard to emerge from because such mistakes stay relevant until consensus removes them. Don’t hold your breath.)

This came to mind when I thought about the catastrophe about to happen with Trump proposing and Congress approving a next conservative justice to the US Supreme Court. A disaster for decades that only can be stopped by the Lord Himself – and He tries to stay out of politics.

Hard-won progress in interpreting the supposedly superior US Constitution suddenly will completely disappear. Support for women deciding to keep their own pregnancies or not will melt away. Gay marriage and their right to protection protection against discrimination will become obsolete. And much-needed change like a ban on assault rifles in hands of the public or protection for transgenders will stay out of reach. Though, no doubt, state-sponsored slavery will not be reintroduced.

Not because they are good or bad ideas but because the majority of politically approved judges happens to be present-day conservative.

Nothing shows better that this arbitrary fluidity that State Law is not about Truth or Justice at all but rather is futility, the craze of the times and dictatorship of the majority. Moral sensitivity and progress develop within the People, not within the law.

It shames the (rule of) law. Or better: It shows the honor we should (not) feel for it. Civil Law is something to obey but not to glorify. It’s still better than Nazi Law or no law, but for the rest, nothing to be proud of.

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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