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

Up but not running

Timely remarks

Complaints that El Al and Ben-Gurion Airport are not accurate enough make me laugh out loud.

In grades of delay, El Al ends third from the bottom of all companies in the world, just before Ethiopian Airlines and EgyptAir. That still makes it come out at the top of these three regional airlines!

I’m sure, no one landed in Israel with such a delay that they missed a marriage ceremony. (Weddings on average start here 150 minutes late.)

In the Netherlands, when people complain of lack of punctuality, a popular response is: in Nazi Germany, the trains rode on time. Implication: that’s the kind of society that you want?

And things get so exaggerated. Two-thirds of all El Al flights arrive in time. So, it’s not a correct acronym for Every Landing Always Late.

El Al is best in security. I’d rather land late than not at all or in Iran.

And I once missed my flight at Ben-Gurion, after hanging around at the airport for five hours, because I forgot that boarding doesn’t happen by stepping into a plane but by entering a bus that should get you there. They rescheduled me into a next flight at no cost. Not because I was well connected but rather because I was a poor student. Where do you find a thing like that?

Bring a good book and stop complaining about delays. Clocks are for misers. (But when you have an appointment, be on time and don’t let people wait for you. That’s stealing, one of the worst sins.)

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Talking about getting there, Israel’s Postal Authority takes snail mail to a whole new level. They don’t go by clock nor by calendar. I just received a statement from my Jerusalem Postal Bank to my Jerusalem P.O. Box. Arrival took six weeks. The cheques I ordered never came (so far).

They have released a stamp commemorating 70 years diplomatic relations between the US and Israel. One stamp seems plenty to me.

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Public transportation in Jerusalem for a year or so was a total nightmare. I just skipped going places in order not to have to wait an hour plus for a bus. But things have improved. Now it’s just sometimes a nightmare.

The other day, I was 10 minutes away from the bus stop for my bus home. Bus expected in 7 and 32 minutes. I was not going to get the bus in 7 minutes and I decided not to wait for a bus for 20 minutes. What did I do? I walked there so slowly, window shopping, looking around as if I was a tourist, and I got to the bus stop just before the bus. Great service.

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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