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

Recent Good News, for Israel, the Jews and our friends

It’s so easy to focus on what upsets us Jews. Not that the news media won’t help us with that! However, we can choose to stay calm, to ignore news on radio and TV (the hysterically screaming reporters and scary news flashes). We could choose for checking out the written news and skip the upsetting photo’s. The world is not helped when we hype ourselves into a depression or anxiety. We do not need to suffer or see suffering in order to do something about it. To the contrary: too much evil paralyses most people into hopelessness and powerlessness.

Now here is some recent good news for Israel and the Jews (and our friends):

Something for everyone: Good News From Israel This Week

Solidarity with Israel looks like this: Samoan Parliament Member Says His Country Must Always Back Israel, ‘Whatever Happens’

We have solid friends EVERYWHERE: ‘The Jews Are More Honorable Than All Arab Regimes,’ Declares Iraqi Muslim in Viral Video and: Gazan activist proclaims: “I once hated Jews but now I support Israel”

Men and women can have a warm lasting marriage, even with all the sexism that is going on. Jews and Arabs can work together joyfully, even with all the Jews’ hatred that is going on. (Still, all oppressions must be uprooted – they ruin lives and cost lives.) However, here is where a little goodwill from both sides can get us: In the barren south, Israelis and Arabs work to green the Middle East

Careful – this one is (too) extreme for most: Holocaust survivor preaches forgiveness of Nazis as ‘ultimate revenge’

Join modernity without plunging into the filth: Israeli Chasidic Rebbe Permits Use of Filtered Internet, Smartphones

Admission: Ex-Islamist Extremist: UK’s Jewish Students ‘Bullied Under Guise of Criticism of Israel’

There is hope for the other super-powers: Israel cracks US magazine’s ‘Great Powers’ list

The sky is the limit! Think about it: Replacing the UN with ‘The Covenant of Democratic Nations’

Being equal for the law must take inequality in society into account. Look how this Israeli judge did that: Israeli judge frees Ethiopian delinquent, citing racism in society.

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.