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

Recycling hits bottleneck

In Israel, soon, bottles of 1.5+ liter will also enter the deposit scheme. Good news for the environment, politics, and drinkers of junk beverages. The result of two decades of political struggle (or slumber).

Yet, glass bottles of 1.5 liters are not included.

But currently, it all doesn’t matter anyway. Why? Because there is no recycling going on. My small grocery store didn’t take back glass bottles before Purim, it said. Then it wouldn’t do it before Pesach. And now, it can’t do it during corona (a more-modern festival): they’re not collected.

Piles and piles of bottles arose in my store and … next to my front door.

Can someone tell someone that bottle collectors are essential workers?

Thank you.


Don’t blame the messenger

I find the following Reuters’ headline unforgivable: “New Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire jeopardised by shelling reports.” The Jerusalem Post copied it verbatim (but changed the spelling) as if it’s the greatest wisdom.

Ceasefires are not torpedoed by reporting on them.


Decency Comes Before Obeying the Law

A penny thief has recently apologized while robbing a small grocery store. (It doesn’t go like that. First you steal, then you regret, and then you pay back with extra.) If you’re really starving, just ask for a hand-out.

If the largest electoral block in the US are seniors, Biden should say: “Listen, the Sages of the Talmud said it already: ‘Decency Comes Before Obeying the Law.’ Why should we ever have put our trust in someone who is vulgar, hateful, and dishonest all the time?”

This quote will not only get him even more of the senior vote. It will also ‘help’ rile up and expose QAnon loonies’ anti-Semitism. Trump will then not condemn it and that should give Biden even more of the Jewish vote.


Words can Hurt too

A long-standing wish of mine (and no doubt many) was partly granted when 70 leading Israeli politicians agreed to stop divisive hurtful rhetoric!


Palestinian Patients in Israel

Over a dozen articles in the news about the hospitalization in Israel of a ranking PA member. Some Palestinians are upset at the ‘betrayal.’ Some Jewish Israelis say that a mass murderer’s life should not be saved, or, at least, treatment should have been made conditional on the release of kidnapped Israelis. Some say that he’s beyond the pale. Others argue that for us Jews, he’s our fellow human (really?). But, Ecclesiastes tells us: hakol havel (It’s all idle talk). As I pointed out before, medical professionals should not be and are not interested in political arguments from any side.

Sadly, “the important” or those with more cash will get better treatment. In healthcare, protectionism of the wealthy is a bit neutralized (in Israel, everyone is helped) but some still are just more equal than others.


The Very Shameful Coming out of Bennett

De facto opposition leader Bennett has clarified: gays deserve to marry and adopt but they will get those rights over his politically dead body.

Reminds me of this working-class dialogue: How much money do you make? About a million a week but I won’t get it.

There is no worse than being more conservative than the Pope, yes!


When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Gets Going

Seems I was right predicting that after his loss, Trump will leave the USA. Mr. Loose Lips can never keep a thought in. Those who wonder to where he would flee (“Not Europe; he owns the banks a lot of money there. Not to Africa, which he insulted. Not to Mexico, because the border wall will stop him.”), read my vlog. He will come to Israel.



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The only problem may still be that I can only post one blog post per day. Sometimes, I need a full blog post to comment on one subject. And if that happens a lot, my comments may come 2 weeks after the news broke. Like now. I have 12 blog posts ready for publication. But they will come.

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. * 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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