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

Where did Trump learn to put his name in gold lettering on buildings?

It is frequently claimed that exceptional people are self-made, appear out of nothing. Maybe we are told this to make us hopeful and to encourage us to go do anything we would like to set our minds to. Or to make us feel depressed or guilty for not being more successful.

However, many extraordinary people seem, just like all of us, mostly the product of what they received at birth and later, a product of roots, upbringing and surroundings. I don’t deny free will, the ability to shape up, but fuel for success in volition is often provided from outside too.

Therefore, regularly, from-rags-to-riches chaps are really the offspring of a rich parent or grandparent who went broke. Yes, they build their fortune from scratch, but the necessary character traits they got for free.

Trump is no exception. His father was wealthy. And he had a ruthless mentor, Joseph McCarthy’s Right-Hand Man, Roy Cohn. As sung in the Sound of Music: Nothing comes from nothing; nothing ever could.

Also, Donald Trump did not become president over-night. He worked towards it for years. Developed his name recognition on TV. Perfected his brilliant speaking style. Tested and collected arguments that work – they didn’t need to reflect reality as long as they seduced.

Still curious were he got the idea of putting his name in big large gold letters on buildings? Yesterday afternoon I learned who taught him.

There’s a building at the beginning of Yaffo Street 19, Jerusalem, Israel, opposite the municipality, that may show who taught him. And to prevent confusion about who taught who, the year is attached as 1901. Now, would whoever sees that, still doubt who gave Trump this idea?

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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 He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will.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 vegan for 8 years now. 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. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me. To see other blog posts by him, a second blog - under construction - can be found by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture.
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