Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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The great value of being scared, terrified, petrified, from now on, forever!

I came out of my 10-months of hunkering down at home, a week after receiving my second vaccination against corona, and I’m shocked.

People walk around and even gather inside without facemask. They sit on the bus with their mask over their closed mouth while they breathe through their uncovered nose. Don’t they know, don’t they care?

I asked my genius 20-year-old daughter — without wanting to blame her for writing this — and she said: people are not scared enough.

I asked: Climate change, but people still eating the same amount of meat and traveling in their own private care as if we’re not on the brink of extinction is for the same reason: not being scared enough? Yes, she said.

So let me be very clear.

In Israel, every day for weeks already, despite an official lockdown, many thousands are infected and fined (only some unjustly), hundreds are fighting for their lives, dozens die — every day, but this is taken in stride. Dozens per day get long COVID, meaning many months of suffering, some with persistent (and possibly permanent) loss of energy, smell (taste), and properly functioning of an organ (kidney, liver, testicles, etc.). Worse, they’ll most likely be part of a chain that kills others. (One could infect a young guy who infects his pregnant wife who then dies. This is not rare.) Not guarding our health is a violation of a Biblical Injunction. Causing someone else to die is a transgression of one of the Ten Commandments. When we get older, those are hard things to undo or forgive ourselves for.

It’s not that the epidemic refuses to abate. People refuse to sit home.

Politicians and media keep undercutting medical and political directives.

Hundreds of years ago, during plagues, people were petrified, stayed at home, and prayed constantly. Now, we know about microbes, the immune system, immunity, and we’re cool and treat mortal danger as a fun fact?

If you don’t stop smoking, you and a child of yours will die of cancer. It can be from any organ. And if you belong to those rare people who won’t, you will have a solid chance of ending your life severely handicapped, unable to breathe, to walk, to make an effort, with wounds that refuse to heal.

If you don’t stop drinking alcohol for fun, your life, which could have been challenging but interesting, will go down the drain completely. You will not notice how pathetic you will become but it will be embarrassing.

If you don’t stop making meat and white flour the staple of your meals, your deathbed will be king-sized. No long healthy life and quick ending.

If you don’t make your carbon footprint smaller, nature’s beauty and diversity will come to an end and humanity will die out. There will be no history books to note that you were one of the culprits.

If you’re not going to psychologically improve and be an activist, you will regret that on your much too early long deathbed. And then it’s too late.

If you’re not constantly scared, terrified, petrified, you’re crazy or stoned!

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. * To find his earlier blog posts on a certain subject XXX, among his over 1200 ones, go to the right-top corner of the Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". His second daily active less tame blog, to which one may subscribe, one may find here: or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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