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

Open Letter: A Proposal for a Wailing Wall (Kotel) Democratic Compromise

Dear Minister Tzachi Hanegbi,

Congrats on your newest job!

Please allow me to suggest a new idea that might solve the Kotel dilemma democratically.

Advantages of this plan are that it:

  • will give women’s and mixed groups their own spaces,
  • does not need more floor space (the archaeologists will like this),
  • costs hardly any money (everybody will like this),
  • can be implemented in a short time (everybody will like this),
  • does not try to make all the competing groups happy (they will have to make themselves happy – see below), and
  • will make all three groups so busy with promoting their own ideas and recruiting people that they will not have any time left to attack the ideas or activities of others.

Disadvantage of this plan is that it:

  • will only make the mixed group happy.


[Don’t say that people are no good for not coming to pray with you.] If the restaurant is good, people will come and eat there. – Reb Shlomo Carlebach

The plan is:

  1. To install two movable tall fences, each perpendicular to the Kotel, dividing the Wailing Wall Plaza into three square sections: male, female, mixed – left to right, in that order, when looking eastwards towards the Temple Mount.
  2. Only the police can roll these two locked fences from left to right and right to left. No one else will have thekeys.
  3. The police will move the fences (let’s say: when needed every half hour) such that the three sections will be a correct representation of the percentages of the groups actually present at each moment. For instance: if 45% is in the men’s section, 20% in the women’s section, and 35% in the mixed section, the police will set the fences so, that the men will have 45% of the space, the women 20% and the mixed group 35%.
  4. The men’s % will include the narrow but long cave on the left of the men’s section, and for that reason will never be smaller than 10%. The other two sections will never be narrower than 2 meters each. This so that even on a quiet night every section can accommodate some people who are just arriving.
  5. The Chief Rabbi of the Kotel is responsible that enough and kosher Torah and Haftatrah Scrolls for the middle and right sections will be kept in a storage place right of the mixed section.
  6. The Police will keep the order.

I hope this may inspire you. (I kept it short so that an assistant of yours might even show it to you.)

May you be successful!

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), 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 vegan for 8 years now. 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 lehavdiel 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, 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. 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 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. To see other blog posts by him, a second blog - under construction - can be found by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture.
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