Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Reconstructing the Second Temple floor and the erasure of a woman’s work (again)

The Muslim occupiers of the Temple Mount have tried to destroy anything that gives away it’s Judaism’s traditionally holiest place. One approach was for years, to dig out the underground space and throw away the ruble.

Jewish volunteers (and friends) have been shifting these mountains of removed dirt to find real pearls of beauty and witnesses of the Jewish past, though deprived of the physical context that they have had underground.

One of the findings was a collection of sharply cut pieces of colored stones.

As I wrote, almost four years ago, one of the volunteers,  Frankie Snyder, was besides a volunteer and an expert in the study of ancient Herodian-style flooring, also someone with a background in math.

Close to retiring, she assumed, she moved to Israel to help with the Shifting Project. Her training made her wonder if she could (re)create the marble pieces into floor tiles. She (she says ‘the team,’ but she was the mathematician so guess who figured it out) reconstructed nine mosaics in which the marble snippets fitted so perfectly the Roman measure of a foot that one could not even insert a sharp blade between them. The result seemed ingredients for “majestic flooring,” as Snyder called it.

Now it is reported that artisans replicated these stones to construct new copies of the likely original Second-Temple floor tiles (see above clip).

Although the report talks more about the reconstruction than actually showing it, sadly, the name of Frankie Snyder was nowhere to be found.

Sexism, erasing women, and then claiming that all great inventions came from men, is very alive. And we need to protest it, every time we see it.


In an educated prediction, over four days ago, I explained why Netanyahu would endeavor to prevent early elections. Since then, we saw dozens of analyses and opinion pieces in renowned news outlets saying that we are certainly heading for early elections again. But for the record, I got it right.


Around the clock in the ‘news’: Our solar system’s two biggest planets, Jupiter and Saturn, go cheek-to-cheek evoking the ‘Star of Bethlehem.’

Though more than 730 million kilometers apart, tonight on the Northern Hemisphere, they appear closer than at any time in the last 397 years.

Then the report says that “[t]he timing of the event — on the winter solstice, just before the Christmas holiday — has led some to speculate about whether this could be the same astronomical event that the [Christian – serious omission] Bible reports led the wise men to Joseph, Mary and the newly born Jesus — the Star of Bethlehem.”

This is dishonest reporting. Many people are not good at math. They can’t calculate back. Every 397 years does not even come close to the year 0: 2020 – 1623 – 1226 – 829 – 432 – 35. This silence is deceit by omission.

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 his over 1200 ones, go to the right-top corner of the Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". His second daily active less tame blog, to which one may subscribe, one may find here: or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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