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

Pro versus anti gay riot in Orthodox-Jewish England, part 7

Things are progressing well, in the troubled case.

Jerusalem-based freethinker strictly-Orthodox Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo published a call for calm and expressed hope that Ashkenazic British Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis would be able to lead everyone out of the controversy. His brilliant piece is going to be a classic of integrity, dignity, measured boldness and clear-headedness.

It now seems from this JTA report that the Chief Rabbi indeed has taken this role upon himself. And Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, a key player in this drama, has committed himself to whatever verdict his British Ashkenazic counterpart will issue.

Let’s hope that the whole thing can be resolved along the historic precedent that Rabbi Cardozo suggests of 315 years ago. Then, Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Ashkenazi (c.1660-1718) studied all the relevant material from both sides from the storm also between the British Spanish and Portuguese Community and its top Rabbi and vindicated the beleaguered shepherd completely, telling the community leaders that they had misunderstood him and that he must continue as their religious leader.

One of the major advantages of this authoritative and binding arbitrage is not only that thus the conflict will come to an end, but also that we can stop investigating nasty pronouncements made in this case – that I found to be much slanderous ado about nothing. We now may restrict ourselves to reading Rabbi Cardozo’s uplifting words instead. And maybe also *self-promotion* my analysis about some background issues: here.

And now I’m at it, maybe the Chief Rabbi would be so kind to rule that all slander about Rabbi Dweck will be removed from YouTube. Not because it would tarnish Rabbi Dweck but rather because the credibility of his contractors is harmed by their outbursts and of Orthodox Judaism.

A week after the above mentioned expose, Rabbi Cardozo now published second sharp article that lacks any and all ambiguity or over-cautiousness but also has no polemics: In defense of Rabbi Dweck and Orthodox Judaism. Profoundly committed to dissemination of Judaism and concerned by the needless negativity of the controversy, his second piece again is exemplary for how to be bold but decent, outspoken but not divisive.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the Channel, all German Muslim lawmakers have voted for gay marriage. It’s just like Rabbi Dweck predicted: If we Jews stay stuck on this, humanity will march on regardless, without Jewish leadership. G-d is taking the world towards more love – even if we’re not ready for it.

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 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. 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. * NEW: To see other blog posts by him, his overspill blog you can reach by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture at the head of every post. There you may find precursors to later TOI blog posts, addition or corrections of published TOI blog posts, blog posts the TOI will not carry and some thoughts that are too short to be a TOI blog post. Also, the TOI only allows for one blog post per blogger per 24 hours. Sometimes, he has more to say than that. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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