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

What do Jews want?

The first thing many Jews want is to live in peace and not be rejected (or embraced) because of antisemitism.

The second thing many Jews want is individual. Many have their own dream, to become the best singer, the best parent, the best ice skater, the best physician, the best factory worker, etc. they could be.

The third thing many Jews want is a meaningful life. Many are ambitious (not necessarily to make money) to contribute. On the whole, Jews are an industrious People. Much jealousy (a core motive for antisemitism) towards Jews comes from seeing the success of Jews but not recognizing how hard they (or their parents) worked for it.

The fourth thing many Jews want is to be seen as (both Jewish and) human. Jews are not lesser human (Nazi ideology), not super-humans (tell it Evangelicals), and not from outer space. Jews are exceptional but as humans, they are nothing special. (This fits Judaism that has a specific set and a general set of rules. Jews must keep and celebrate Shabbat, eat only kosher, eat matzos on Passover, pray as a Jew, etc.; and Jews must honor their parents, support the socially weak, not waste, be responsible, etc.)

The fifth thing Jews want is Allies against the oppression. We don’t deserve to be blamed for it, nor for the scares antisemitism gave us: “Everyone is against us” / “We don’t need to be so cautious — people mean well.” Jews do not deserve to be shielded against oppression any bit less than any other oppressed person or group, but also not as the last one to be supported. Jews are simply bad at ending antisemitism. (It’s not the responsibility of Jews to end this hatred, just as women aren’t responsible to end sexism, but Jews are so motivated but fail at it.) Allies should understand the lies and misunderstandings that support antisemitism.

The sixth thing Jews want is no more distance or infighting between different groups of Jews. Survival of antisemitism and of Jewish disunity go hand-in-hand. While it seems impossible for Jews to stop people from hating them, Jewish unity should be worked for.

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 (https://diethylstilbestrol.co.uk/studies/des-and-psychological-health/), 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 lehavdiel 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, GLBTQAI, 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 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. 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. * NEW: To see other blog posts by him, his overspill blog you can reach by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture at the head of every post. There you may find precursors to later TOI blog posts, addition or corrections of published TOI blog posts, blog posts the TOI will not carry and some thoughts that are too short to be a TOI blog post. Also, the TOI only allows for one blog post per blogger per 24 hours. Sometimes, he has more to say than that. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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