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

The Chief Rabbi has spoken again

The Chief Rabbis in holier times
The Chief Rabbis in holier times

Israel has two chief rabbis, competing with each other who can show the public best that they are redundant clowns. (They hold up the pretense of being Charedic but no Chareidic Jews follow them either.) And now, one of the comic duo has spoken again. He’s now Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem. Same shtick.

When they’d talk Judaism, I’ll at best respectfully disagree. But when they talk to or about Israeli society, their opinion has the value of any politician’s vision. Either, commanding respect or asking for merciless opposition.

The stoning of an Arab car on the West Bank, allegedly by Jews, resulting in the death of one woman, prompted him reportedly to condemn this. That’s beautiful, though much too late. But now, let’s look at his reasoning.

In short, he implies that stones kill and the public should not take upon themselves the grave duty to kill as we have a government and army to discharge the terrible responsibility of restraining and killing those that should be.

But why does he imply falsely that the victim should have been killed but not by taking the law into our own hands?

Why doesn’t he condemn any attempt to kill innocent Arabs Gentiles?

Why doesn’t he express his sorrow over the death of the woman killed?

Why doesn’t he explain that the Ten Commandments say “don’t murder,” not “don’t murder Jews”?

Why doesn’t he call upon the religious Jewish public to intensify the learning about the sanctity of all human life?

Why doesn’t he point out that murder and soiling the name of Jews and subsequently G^d are the very worst sins in Judaism?

Why does he continue to make Judaism sound immoral, archaic and irrelevant to the wider public that pays his salary?

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch Holocaust 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 He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will.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. * 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 and Rav Zev Leff. * 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, 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. Many people can't understand or like him because he has such a wide vision that he never fits any specialist's box. But that exactly what others 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. * He likes doing age-appropriate and age-inappropriate things and looks forward to getting to know his timeless mature out-of-the-box soul mate. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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