Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Twice rectifying the eating of the forbidden fruit, year-round, and on Passover

Eve gave Adam to eat. Only then they noticed that they were brazen. Brazen and naked are the same in Hebrew. How come Eve didn’t notice? Adam did neither. That’s the problem with a lack of humility. They didn’t realize they were brazen. They realized the other had become brazen.

After twenty generations, it was Abraham who was holy enough to become the Patriarch of the family that had to bring the Redeemer? That could be. But for sure, it was Sarah, at the next expulsion story, who was so holy that G^d could tell Abraham: Obey everything that she tells you (Genesis 21:12). This was the correction of Adam’s mistake to simply do what Eve told him (Genesis 3:6). The virtue of our women got us out of Egypt; it was Matriarch Sarah who started this leadership.

(BTW: I find it entirely plausible that every People will have its own redeemer. And that, in the end, they’ll conclave and elect their leader from among them. And then, I wouldn’t be surprised if all chose the Jewish one unanimously. After all, we coined the concept, didn’t we?)

There is a holy difference of opinion between the Sages which was the forbidden fruit. One said an olive, one said a grape, one said an etrog, one said a pomegranate, one said a fig, and one said wheat (then a tree).

What do all these fruits have in common? Let me suggest: They are brought at the Closing Festival, seven weeks after Pesach, as offerings, together with chameitz. It had to be chameitz.

What was wrong with the fruit was not the fruit itself but that it could go together with chameitz. The rectification of the Original Mistake is to eat Matzo. Once a year. The un-bloated un-brazen incorruptible bread.

So, to obey your wife is the every-day cancellation, to eat Matzo is the yearly celebration of combating this bloated-ness leaven gives us. (Don’t complain Matzo is hard to eat. That’s the white stuff. Eat it whole-wheat and you’ll feel great. The original Pesach bread against the original sin.)

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (, 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 strict vegan since 2008. 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, lehavdil 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, LGBTQIA, 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 quite 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 500th blog post with the ToI. 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 a peek outside of your cultural bubble. * To find his earlier blog posts on a certain subject XXX, among his over 1200 ones, go to the right-top corner of the Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". His second daily active less tame blog, to which one may subscribe, one may find here: or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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