Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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The secular Jewish state wants to preserve the Jewish people, not just Jews

An example of how secularism and religion are intertwined in Israel

You can’t just fly to France and say: I’m also French, I love croissants and Bordeaux, and you have to give me citizenship. Would they? Of course not.

An elderly Jew for Jesus and his wife were not allowed to make aliyah.

He doesn’t understand. He tries to escape antisemitism in the US.

Wasn’t Israel there for fleeing Jews? Apparently not so easily.

His father’s mother was murdered in the Holocaust. That would make him not Jewish for Orthodox-Jewish law but enough Jew-ish for the State.

Yet, he’s worked as a Jew for Jesus, helping other Jews to stay that faith.

The Law of Return excludes Jews who, as grownups, voluntarily have adopted a religion different from Judaism.

Isn’t that strange? Antisemites would still persecute those.

Apparently, the Jewish State is not a reaction to the Holocaust. Rather, it’s a reaction to 2,000 years of persecution. Christianity was a major enemy.

If you’re with the Christians, you’re not with the Jews and have no rights.

Which doesn’t mean we’re Christians’ enemies! They’re our students.

Yes, they claim that one can be a Jew and a Christian simultaneously. Just imagine that some people claim to be part of your family. None of your relatives thinks so, but they insist. Will you remember them in your will?

You don’t need to be formally religious to make Aliyah. But if you’re a Christian, just forget it. We remember who wanted to do away with us.

This gentleman claims that he never tried to proselytize other Jews. That would make him a very bad Christian. However, to convert someone to Christianity, apparently you can lie. (Not so to make Jewish converts.) Therefore, claims that he doesn’t proselytize are meaningless.

For a Jew, praying to Jesus is idol worship, a very grave sin. However, for Halachah, he’s not a Jew, so that’s not so bad. If he wanted to convert to Judaism, his arrival would make some sense. But to come here, claiming to be a (non-Halachic) Jew believing in Jesus, that’s not what Israel needs.

It’s like a patient who needs a blood transfusion, but when he was healthy, he never donated blood. Then, old donors take precedence.

It’s kind of a chutzpa to come to the Jewish People and say: ‘I’m a Jew, and I’m entitled on my terms.’ If he’s so Jewish (with one Jewish grandparent) and a Gentile wife, let him take Jewish lessons to show he means it. The story that Antisemitism threatens him in the US seems highly exaggerated. What’s so Jewish about him? That he added a Star of David to his cross?

Still, I feel for them. But that doesn’t mean they can settle in my house. They’re welcome as guests and tourists. That should count for something.

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. To find less-recent posts on a subject XXX among his over 2000 archived ones, go to the right-top corner of a Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". One can find a second, wilder blog, to which one may subscribe too, here: or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * Like most of his readers, he believes in being friendly, respectful, and loyal. However, if you think those are his absolute top priorities, you might end up disappointed. His first loyalty is to the truth. He will try to stay within the limits of democratic and Jewish law, but he won't lie to support opinions or people when don't deserve that. (Yet, we all make honest mistakes, which is just fine and does not justify losing support.) He admits that he sometimes exaggerates 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. * Sometimes he's misunderstood because his wide and diverse field of vision seldomly fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what some love about him. He has written a lot about Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (including basic statistics), Politics (Israel, the US, and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight reality), 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), the Climate Crisis, Ecology and Veganism, Affairs from the news, or the Torah Portion of the Week, or new insights that suddenly befell him. * Chronologically, his most influential teachers 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. 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. He hopes to bring new things and not just preach to the choir. * He holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam) – is half a doctor. He practices Re-evaluation Co-counseling since 1977, is not an official teacher anymore, and became a friendly, powerful therapist. He became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years, he was active in hasbara to the Dutch-speaking public. 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 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. 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 an original peek outside of your cultural bubble. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me. * His newest books you may find here:
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