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

Stop certifying as kosher stuff used against Jewish law and common decency!

The way Kashrut now functions is obsolete and insufficient. We should not care if something has a Hechsher (a kosher certificate). We should care if it is allowed by common sense, common decency, and Jewish Law.

Preserving our Health

Cigarettes should not have a Hechsher, even if all ingredients are kosher. Smoking is harmful and never allowed. We must guard our health.

No, I don’t think like that because I don’t smoke. It’s the other way around.

For the same reason, all alcoholic drinks should lose their Hechsher.

Most people use alcohol in ways that don’t hurt their health? Really?

Murder is forbidden by firearm, knife, poison, and guillotine. It shouldn’t matter if we drink alcohol with or without forbidden ingredients.

No, I don’t think like that because I’m a teetotaler. It’s the other way around.

Animal suffering

The Laws against cruelty on animals are not for the animals’ sake. If so, non-kosher meat would be forbidden to Gentiles too. No, they are given for our sake. To refine us, to make us less cruel and more sensitive.

Industrial slaughter should lose all Hechshers. It is impossible to slaughter on an industrial scale and not hurt the animals — which is forbidden to do.

To force-feed geese is cruel, no matter which way you slice it.

Even if one farm found a way to do this without the geese suffering, that still gives legitimacy to all the other farms in the world.

How off the rabbis can be for me is symbolized by how all the above gets a Hechsher but I remember how yogurt cups in Israel lost their Hechsher when they got a drawing of a dinosaur on them.

Wearing real fur or leather is a sign of indifference to being seen as cruel. Only animals wear fur or hides. Jews must educate themselves to look at them like at any delicious non-kosher food: nice but forbidden to us.

No, I don’t think like that because I’m a vegan. It’s the other way around.

Overspending and Priorities

Are we allowed and comfortable to spend so much money on a car?

Are we allowed and comfortable to eat so much meat?

Are we allowed and comfortable to spend so much money on a dinner?

While a billion people daily don’t have enough to eat.

No, I don’t think like that because I don’t have a car and I didn’t make a career. It’s the other way around.

The Environment and Climate

Much of the above ruins the environment and climate, humans’ health and survival, and nature’s and the planet’s diversity and beauty. Let’s cut it out.

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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