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

Sue the rabbis until they release chained men

Fifty years of Orthodox rabbis in the dark about Gay men, they still lack love, courage, and empathy to allow any Gay man to marry any other.

Decades of niceties and Pride marches have resulted in uncommitted declarations by only some of them that they “feel” for GLBTs. All smoke and mirrors. They don’t give a hood (we’re not talking about the three of four exceptions that we’ve seen in half a century).

Bad enough, so-called Orthodox recalcitrant Jewish men who refuse to grant their wives a religious divorce when they want one. Those are wayward men whom the rabbis need to “force.” We’re talking about possibly thousands of “chained” women.

How much larger the scandal of the collective of Orthodox rabbis that lacks human decency, common sense, and Jewish heart to free half a million Jewish (and 250 million Gentile) “chained” Gay men, also unable for Jewish Law to start a new family.

Instead, the rabbis offer a “choice” between “living” a life of total sexual abstinence and solitude or living “in sin.” They rule Gay marriage, loose sexual contacts and masturbation for Gay men all sinful. They are each caused by the rabbinic refusal to grant them partnership but at the height of chutzpah, they call them, just like many fundamentalist ignorant Christians, Gays’ “weakness of the flesh.”

Rabbis may be sincere in their regrets but their own warped ruling caused this disaster and scandal. So, the only remedy would be that they finally admit that they were wrong to glue laws for heterosexuals onto Gay men. Some Orthodox rabbis have cried crocodile tears for them while others have demanded that Gays stop calling themselves religious.

In any case, how nice, a Gentile court that now confirmed that such a divorce refuser must pay his chained wife millions until he lets her go.

It’s high time that this shaming of Judaism and apartheid is stopped. Where is some Gay couple that wants to have chupah while rabbinic authorities refuse? Force them. It’s nice to be nice but timidity is not the same as niceness. There’s no other way. It’s not enough to let G^d take care of this. We’re here to team up with Him. Sue them. Public opinion is with you (an unofficial prerequisite in new cases for civil courts). Prepare to win.

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 (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. * 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.
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