Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Please, be extra careful now regarding COVID-19

The end of the pandemic is in sight in Israel. But don’t let your guard down. On the contrary: intensify your adherence to the simple rules:

  • Keep your distance.
  • Meet indoors as shortly and with as little number of people you don’t live with.
  • Wear your mask, also over your nose. Wearing a mask is not instead of keeping your distance. You need to do both.
  • Also when you go outside ‘for two minutes.’ One sneeze can be a killer. Sometimes, two minutes turn into much longer.

Why extra cautious?

1. The virus is as deadly as a month ago. The vaccination may prevent getting infected but until you are immune, the virus is still as dangerous.

2. Many will confuse preventability with curability. There is still hardly any cure. When others are more lax, tighten up the security on your end. (It’s true, only a small percentage of people infected die, and most people do not seem to get long-term illness from it. But if you had such chances of dying or getting badly sick from crossing a certain road, would you do it?)

3. More and more people are tired of being careful. (“Nothing happened — have I been careful for nothing?”) If you feel depressed, remind yourself that it will get better. Make sure you’re there to enjoy it.

4. Sometimes, people get killed in a war, the day before peace came. Like, to drown in sight of the harbor. Isn’t that extra tragic? Don’t get infected or infect others with a maiming and murderous virus the day before you’d get your final immunization shot.

5. When it gets colder, more events will be held inside. Postpone when possible. Hang in there, one, two, three months more. Not so bad.

6. Your example may make others laugh in derision but it may also inspire others to save their lives and the lives of others.

If today, this week, this month, all you did was to not kill or maim anyone including yourself, it was time well-spent.

Look forward to your health fund calling you to get your shot. And the sheer announcement of your excitement with it may also inspire others.

Just like a record percentage of Israeli took the flu vaccine this year.

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 (, 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 the over 1200 ones, go to the right-top corner of the Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search . His second active blog is here: * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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