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

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.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch Holocaust 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. * 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 and Rav Zev Leff. * 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, 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. Many people can't understand or like him because he has such a wide vision that he never fits any specialist's box. But that exactly what others 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. * He likes doing age-appropriate and age-inappropriate things and looks forward to getting to know his timeless mature out-of-the-box soul mate. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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