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Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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This is so funny, that it is ridiculous!

Moses on Mount Sinai, Jean-Léon Gérôme, 1895-1900
Moses on Mount Sinai, Jean-Léon Gérôme, 1895-1900

As if we were lacking conspiracy theories, a new one is making its way through the Internet.

Saudi Arabia would be about to destroy the real Mount Sinai and must be stopped. However, since Purim is coming, I take this to be more than a popular flight of imagination. It must be a Purim joke. It’s silly enough to be one. Don’t miss the wonderful illustrations in each publication!

It seems to have started with an article in EXPRESS by January 22. An ‘analyst’ explains (on shaky grounds) that Mt. Sinai is in SA and about to be destroyed. Disaster pending! Clip with booming music. Alarm!

However, this self-styled expert turns out to be connected to a group that issues reports trashing Muslims. That kind of should end the whole story.

The UK Daily Star picks up the item on February 11. Yet, very correctly, it asked a not-self-styled professor what he thought about it. Rubbish. They should ask a rabbi. He’d probably have difficulty to stop laughing.

No doubt in  Purim mood already, yesterday, a popular Israeli outlet brought the story. With a general disclaimer at the end that all these Exodus explainers are very disputed.

An outlet from baptized Jews that never misses a chance to trash Muslims or start a debate on who are more right, Jews or Christians, immediately came with this frightening story too – minus the caveat from experts and delightful illustrations but with the 25-minute clip.

Of course, a new attempt to trash Muslims is terrible but for the rest, it’s just so silly and stupid that it is still is charming, I believe. Something like claiming that Jews poison the planet by breathing in O2 and exhaling CO2 — a known greenhouse gas. Just watch who takes it seriously because they really know how to make a fool of themselves.

(There is more fake news than researches recognize. Most advertisers lie or at least exaggerate and most politicians also manipulate. And cyber-hate (always based on false assumptions) should be included too. And worst is probably censorship of the oppressed – on Instagram and FB!)

Meanwhile, the real story is that the de facto leader of SA is alleged to have chopped up a US-based dissident journalist and Trump doesn’t care. That should not be laughed about or eclipsed.

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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. As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. He 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 1500 archived ones, go to the right-top corner of a Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". 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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. * 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 (https://diethylstilbestrol.co.uk/studies/des-and-psychological-health/), 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. 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