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

Test all things; hold fast what is good

The title is from the Christian Bible (1 Thessalonians 5:21), attributed to Paul the Apostle, possibly (one of) the first of St. Paul’s letters, from 2000 years ago. I know it because that’s what missionaries in the Netherlands quoted to Jews to try to persuade them to look at their strange fire.

Israel won’t have any of it, so it (temporarily) removed a missionary broadcaster. As a democratic State, Israel cannot forbid even this kind of Jew-hatred, as the unhindered existence of a self-proclaimed anti-Zionist press (Haaretz) shows. But it is forbidden in the Jewish State to try to evangelize Jewish minors without their parents’ permission.

I was wondering. I know so many Christians. Christianity also seems to preach good over evil, truth over falsehood, humbleness over arrogance, etc. How come all of the Christian Churches, 75 years after Auschwitz, leave it to Jews to block these Jew-haters? How come, no authentic Christian seems offended that in the name of their Religion, sacred mental genocide is attempted again on G^d’s Own People? They must know that this is a defilement of their beliefs. They must understand that this is no good advertisement for Christianity. They must see this is based on and rooted in lies, arrogance, and evil. How come no one resists or protests?

These are not rhetorical questions. I really have no idea, stunned as I am.

One could ask for a moment what’s wrong with testing all things and holding fast what is good. Well, so many examples come to mind.

Would you try heroin only once? I wouldn’t?

Would these fundamentalists suddenly applaud evolution theory and sex education into their children’s classrooms for one day? Why not?

Would you try a day to give up on Jesus and try Noahidism? You wouldn’t?

This on top of my puzzle of how you can love people but then try changing them. It’s like saying to a date: I love you already and want to marry you; and I made a list of how I want you to change. That’s not love!

God told me that I cannot serve both God and Jesus (I Kings 18:21-37).

The Torah repeatedly says that those who bless the Jews will be blessed and those who curse them will be cursed. I always thought that that’s such an easy, straightforward recommendation.

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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