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

The latest gay news may make one’s head spin

When it rains, it pours. These news clips very much appeared last week on the same day. An overview.

  1. AG: In Israel, If You Want to Be a Cohen – You’re a Cohen, Gays Welcome.

The army, the law and even the prime minister have no difficulty with GLBTQs anymore. The only problem lies with the religious establishment and 25% of the population that rather hates gays.

  1. Police Demands [sic] Israeli Gay Pride Parade Put Up High Fence, Stay Away From ultra-Orthodox.

On the one hand, many times the Israeli police proved itself to be bullies. On the other hand, with disregard to own their lives, they protect the Israeli public against terrorists. No easy situation if you want to classify them as good or bad.

  1. Who was Anne Frank’s gay Uncle Walter?

An excellent report on what it was like in conservative circles in those days (and often still) to be gay.

  1. Banned from marrying interfaith couples, Conservative rabbis are finding other ways to celebrate them.

Orthodox rabbis have the excuse that gays seemed to be banned by the Torah (and they don’t care so they’re not going to investigate this absurdity), but Conservative Halachah is just a reflection of what their majority thinks. No advertisement on their congregation.

  1. Pope reportedly tells gay man: God made you like this. Gay man says Pope Francis apologized to him. Pope Francis Embracing Gay Catholics? | The View. “Gay is not what you do but what you are.” “God made you like this. God loves you like this.”

Once Juan Carlos Cruz’s word gets confirmed, we can call any Catholic who merely “tolerates” gays or still condemns them — anything short of loving them – to be more Catholic than the Pope — not a compliment.

How shameful that the Light unto the Nations, the Rabbis, are nowhere there. More than the existence of dinosaurs, they see gays as a threat to Judaism — while Halachah should be based on reality, not pipe dreams.

  1. Getting HIV On Purpose — A passionate plea against the chilling idea that some people want to get infected on purpose.

I support this stern opposition, but I just want to warn against too easily excepting this story which might turn out to be merely an urban legend. Surely, under 7,000,000 US gays, one easily will find a few nuts, but that’s not enough proof for believing this.

There is so much lying, attention drawing and trying to shock going on in the world, that I would not so easily accept that this purposely getting infected is really happening. It did happen, at least in one case, many decades ago, but that was so different.

In Amsterdam, I knew one guy, Paultje, who on purpose got himself infected with the AIDS-virus when it was still a sure death sentence, because he held: so many are dying like flies — who am I to escape. None of his friends agreed, but it was too late already. He died a terrible AIDS death, but as far as I know, he never expressed regret. Survivors guilt is tough and humbleness, solidarity and heroism are great, but most people would still agree that life is better than death anyway.

A Jewish exception was Etty Hillesum, who refused to go into hiding from the Nazis and chose to go with everyone. Raised without much Judaism, she was influenced by Christian thought and in Christian circles, her war diaries today are very well liked.

In Jewish thought, martyrdom is the highest death but to give one’s life for lofty ideals should preferably be a life-long dedication, not a choice for being killed — if one has a alternative.

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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