Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Twice corona within a month

I’ve been very careful not to fall victim to corona. Yet, in the past month, I had the doubtful honor to get the virus twice. Here’s some autobiography.

When the virus was still mean and vaccinations weren’t yet, I stayed home. I didn’t go outside for anything for 12 months. The virus killed millions.

I was one of the first to sign up for the vaccinations. After a year in hiding, I was out again but wearing two masks over each other. One for me, one for you. I kept my distance. Also in shul. I played it safe.

When a new, deadly variant showed up, I went into hiding for a couple of months again until that wave passed. What’s a couple of months on a lifetime of decades? I especially didn’t want long COVID-19.

Once out again came Omicron. Hardly deadly, especially for vaccinated folks, but highly contagious. I lowered my masks twice. And got infected.

I went for the best test. After 40 hours, my health fund reported: negative. Obviously a false negative. I had all the symptoms, though very mildly. My bottle of bleach smelled after the lemon scent that was added, not bleach.

Too heavy for a cold; too light for the flu. It’s called Omicron.

It lasted a week. Although I only had one day of fever, I felt sick for 6 days. My brain was not really in gear. I knew that Omicron gave no protection.

Ten days later, a repeat. I went to two weddings and a Shabbat Chatan. One doesn’t eat with a mask on. No one under the chuppah wore masks (I was a witness). Still, I got sick. No one else I know of.

The second time was worse. Five days of (low) fever. Less energy. And being ‘sick’ of sitting inside. Besides eating, sleeping, and praying, the only things I could do were to follow the news and write ToI blog posts.

On Shabbat, finally, the fever broke. I slept over 16 hours that day.

I so want an Omicron vaccination.

It used to be that keeping your distance did already a lot. But that was for the droplets with virus to twirl down. That doesn’t count (in my opinion) with windows opened against each other or the air conditioning on.

Is it my height that made me the first to catch the recycled air from the air con? In the early times, my short friends were the first to catch the bug.

In any case, it’s hard to avoid Omicron, but it’s worth it. Even if it’s ‘mild.’

Meanwhile, a new variant is coming. Will only atheistic introverts survive?

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, an almost daily blog contributor to the Times of Israel, and previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. 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. * 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 about what (lack of) backgrounds, experiences, and education contribute to his visions. * To find less-recent posts on subject XXX among his over 1600 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, here: * Like most of his readers, he believes in being friendly, respectful, and loyal. Yet, 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 who don't deserve that. 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), 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. * 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. * 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. 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, anti-elitism, anti-bigotry and supremacy, for Zionism, Intersectionality, and 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. * He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (, born in 1953 to 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. Bullies and con artists almost instantaneously envy and hate him. * 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, empowering therapist. He became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids non-violently. 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 being a strict vegan since 2008. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. He lives with his library in Jerusalem. Feel free to contact him. * His writing has been made possible by a (second-generation) Holocaust survivors' allowance 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.
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