Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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The future of Jewish Festivals and Shabbat

What is the relationship between Jewish Festivals and Shabbat?
What does it mean that the Afterlife will be completely Shabbat?
What does it mean that, in the Afterlife, there won’t be eating or drinking?
Why is the Afterlife called the Garden of Eden?
What does it mean that, in the future, all Festivals will end except Purim?
What does it mean that, in the future, Tisha’ be’Av will become a holiday?

I once joked: ‘A book that doesn’t discuss Free Will cannot be Jewish, and a speech that doesn’t refer to the B’reishith Torah reading can’t be kosher.’

So, let’s start at the very beginning. (According to some, a very good place to start.) Nature started with Six mundane (chol) Days, followed by one holy (kodesh) Day, Shabbat: chol, chol, chol, chol, chol, chol, kodesh.

But humanity was born on the Sixth Day of Creation, the starting point of the Jewish calendar: Rosh haShannah. There are six eternal Festivals mentioned in the Torah. So, contrary to Nature, humanity started on (one of the six of) the Festivals, followed by mundane times: kodesh, kodesh, kodesh, kodesh, kodesh, kodesh, chol. What’s that relationship?

Shabbat starts with the two Blessing of the Kiddush and ends with the four Blessings of Havdalah. The Festivals start with a handful of Blessings and end with the two blessings of Havdalah. What’s that relationship?

Shabbat and Festivals may overlap, or not, but what’s their relationship?

I will suggest how this can all come together on Earth. I don’t know and cannot know how it goes if the end is supernatural. Classical Christianity says this world is not G^d’s world. Only the Afterlife is. Jews disagree.

We are told that Shabbat is a sliver of life in the Afterlife, that Afterlife is eternally Shabbat. Let me suggest that, as part of the Redemption, parallel to what will happen with Shabbat, first, all days will turn into Festivals. Life on Earth will be one, year-round, joyful Jewish Festival. We will also stop dying after G^d slaughters the Angel of Death, as our Sages promised.

Medical scientists are busy ending the main killer illnesses, then will go after aging, then invent rejuvenation, to end up with physical immortality.

Then, scientists will implant into our skins the plant inclusion chlorophyll. We’ll turn green and able to live like green plants, transforming sun rays into energy. We won’t be sex-crazed anymore, so we’ll go about in our green birthday suits unflustered. Back to Paradise. We will also synthesize all vitamins and recycle water, so we don’t need to eat or drink anymore. We’ll be in a ‘different’ world having an eternal Shabbat, no consuming.

Then, Shabbat will join the Festivals. Just as in the Creation Story, the First Shabbat was added to the first Second Day of Rosh haShannah.

Meanwhile, we’re killing humans and the planet (hunger, climate change, wars, murder, substandard healthcare for the masses, etc.), so we might need a Supernatural Redemption not to go the way of the Dodo.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, previously a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He often makes his readers laugh, mad, or assume he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. He's proud that his analytical short comments are removed both from left-wing and right-wing news sites. None of his content is generated by the new bore on the block, AI. * As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. Or not at all because he doesn't claim G^d talks to him. He gives him good ideas—that's all. MM doesn't believe that people observe and think in a vacuum. He, therefore, wanted a broad bio that readers interested can track a bit what (lack of) backgrounds, experiences, and educations contribute to his visions. * This year, he will prioritize getting his unpublished books published rather than just blog posts. Next year, he hopes to focus on activism against human extinction. 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This short list doesn't mean to disrespect others who taught him a lot or a little. One of his rabbis calls him Mr. Innovation [Ish haChidushim]. Yet, his originalities seem to root deeply in traditional Judaism, though they may grow in unexpected directions. In fact, he claims he's modernizing nothing. Rather, mainly basing himself on the basic Hebrew Torah text, he tries to rediscover classical Jewish thought almost lost in thousands of years of stifling Gentile domination and Jewish assimilation. (He pleads for a close reading of the Torah instead of going by rough assumptions of what it would probably mean and before fleeing to Commentaries.) This, in all aspects of life, but prominently in the areas of Free Will, Activism, Homosexuality for men, and Redemption. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, and disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed. He aims to bring a fresh perspective rather than harp on the obvious and familiar. When he can, he loves to write encyclopedic overviews. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds should be disputed. In short, his main political positions are among others: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, anti those who abuse democratic liberties, anti the fake ME peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, pro-Science, pro-Free Will, anti-blaming-the-victim, and for down-to-earth, classical optimism, and happiness. Read his blog on how he attempts to bridge any tensions between those ideas or fields. * He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (, born in 1953 to his parents who were Dutch-Jewish Holocaust survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork. He grew up a humble listener. It took him decades to become a speaker too, and decades more to admit to being a genius. But his humility was his to keep. And so was his honesty. Bullies and con artists almost instantaneously envy and hate him. 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