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

Possible revenge for the Titanic and other newsflashes

Sometimes, when you read the news, you really need to check if this is a Purim or April’s Fools’ Day joke or not. A UAE’s businessman wants to tow a giant polar iceberg to his desert country for drinking water.

He probably missed the Israeli invention that now can “make water” out of the clear blue sky. Freedom of the press can save a lot of work.

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Trump’s peace team is aiming for a home run. That would be more of an achievement if the other team would have shown up at all.

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An Israeli general has remarked that in a campaign against Gaza’s junta “cutting off the head of the snake will spare us the need to handle all its arms.” Probably never has had any Bible or biology lessons, I guess.

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Meanwhile, Bibi Netanyahu seems to get his own Lock Him Up moment with the re-election campaign getting more nonsensical by the day.

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The Jerusalem municipality chose for a monstrous Chords Bridge at the entrance to the city, also to show how modern it is. This should keep more non-religious citizens from fleeing to less spiritual municipalities.

The designer has erected similar bridges around the world but still had to ask a fortune for his “unique” design.

Why not just traffic lights to have the light railway trains cross without a bridge? The $70M answer was: because ongoing traffic at the entrance can’t be stopped, every time a train comes. That’s now debunked.

Its major traffic artery will be closed for renovations. A day? A weekend? A week? A month? A year? No, for three years. Sure, no problem.

We all knew that we had been lied to. But sometimes you need to wait for the proof to come in.

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Jerusalem’s city entrance is remodeled for a whole bunch of skyscrapers. Remember, the economy flourishes means, the rich make money. The average person is not considered. The money supposedly would trickle down. The only thing I’ve seen trickling down is rain from a leaking roof.

Put them next to the Holyland complex, illegally built but not broken down — unlike illegal structures in Arab Jerusalem. Permits for previously approved additions to the complex were in 2014 “permanently frozen.”

That means, the complex will now be doubled. Shameless chutzpah without limit. If you dislike it, you’re not modern enough and a whiner.

Money talks. But we don’t need to listen.

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 (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, 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. * 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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