Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Whenever we ignore others’ problems, we’ll pay for it

Very liberal minds might say: “I’m not obligated to care about everyone. I’m free whom I love or not.” That might be but you’ll pay for the results.

The West

Millions spent their free time (and sometimes work hours) spreading their hatred over the Internet. It’s only words, who cares? All kinds of lies and nonsense, from conspiracy to a flat earth theory, spread like wildfire. No one cared. Until the fabrications elected a race-baiter to the White House.

The West never cared that over a billion Chinese live without democracy. Their totalitarian leaders commit genocide, but it’s not on us. And they violate copyright laws and trade agreements. Ah, it gets less nice for us. And they just teamed up with Iran. That sounds dangerous. They seek world domination. Now, that gets uncomfortable. And they don’t reduce climate pollution enough. Now it starts hindering everyone’s survival. And they hid the beginning of a pandemic. Killing hundreds of millions.

The West never cared too much Israel was fighting hatred for Jews. Then, in the civil war in Syria, almost all parties were antisemitic so none of them could be supported. The civil war made life in Syria impossible for all and millions fled to Europe. Now it needs to deal with this Jews-hatred.

The West never cared too much about generations of Africans starving. So now, they have started to move up North. Now it’s Europe’s problem too.

The West never cared Iran had cruel junta rulers. It’s their problem. Then, Iran became the world champion in spreading terrorism. That’s less nice. Then, they began to seek nuclear weapons. Now, maybe all should care.

The West never cared that two million in Gaza live under a cruel junta. It’s their problem and that of Israel. But when Israel refuses to be mass-murdered, Antisemites around the world begin to protest. So many active neo-Nazis aren’t so good (looking) in a democracy. It helps Aliyah, though.


In Israel, anti-Zionists are ignored by the majority. It’s their lives, who cares? The Ultra-Orthodox didn’t learn math or biology. Muslims live in their own cities. All their problem. Then, came a pandemic that needed us to follow doctors’ orders. They never trusted science or the State, ignoring recommendations. It killed thousands and paralyzed the economy for all.

In Israel, much gang violence plagued Muslim villages. Many Muslims carried centuries of hatred for Jews. In some Jewish circles, hatred for Muslims and Gentiles in general became popular. Haters of Muslims or Jews are even allowed to sit in the Knesset. No one cared too much. It’s ‘them.’ Now, some of the most militant have begun to seek to murder random others. That’s not so good. But, caring about it comes a bit late.

The Law of Return accepted a sizable number of relatively poor immigrants who are not (necessarily) Jewish. Although they chose Israel, and often served in the IDF, they can’t integrate. A giant problem in the making. Will we only start really looking for solutions when all hell has broken loose?

Some of the most spiritual people live in secular neighborhoods and some of the most generous people live in religious communities, but, both, in general, need a serious update in their Jewish respectively humanistic outlook. Will we only begin to teach each other when a civil war arrived?


Morality teaches we should already care before it becomes ‘our’ problem.

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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