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

Which loudmouth and superrich Jews are known to JPost journalists?

Don’t check The Jerusalem Post’s 50 Influential Jews Of 2017 to know which Jews are the most influential at present. Its yearly Rosh haShannah attempt to embarrass itself again reveals no such thing. It only exposes ignorance and close-mindedness of Israel’s leading English newspaper writers.

Most of the people on their list I have never heard of. And I follow the news every day. The ones on their list whom I know have hardly any influence. It’s all a sham. Even Bernie Sanders and Rabbis Sacks and Lopes Cardozo are absent. Maybe people bought their placement?

Now, let’s first define what is and isn’t influential.

Influential is not someone who’s a servant to someone in power. They can be replaced or resign in a second, losing all their “power.” Powerful really means: you are pivotal, pull the strings on a global or national scale. People look up to you and listen to you, no matter what you do or say. You’re a leader, adored or despised.

Next: it is crazy to only collect (nominal) Jews for such a list. Gentiles with a warm heart to Jews in general, should be admitted too. People who respect, honor and like Jews, who promote the interests of the Jewish People. Would we exclude such staunch allies, then the list becomes merely an attempt at ethnic pride – and a failed one at that.

Speaking of promotion of Jewish interests: anti-Zionist and otherwise anti-Semitic Jews on the other hand should be excluded. That leaves out powerful anti-Zionists Jews like ever-presidential-hopeful Bernie Sanders and making-anti-Zionism-look-kosher Haaretz editor-in-chief Aluf Benn.

The JPost doesn’t say so explicitly but seems to be interested only in people alive today. Let’s make that restriction too. The Jewish 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Jews of All Time has been done.

Now, that would make for an interesting list to read. Who should be on our list? I won’t try to be comprehensive. Just a few examples.

  1. Top of the list, hate-him-or-love-him, Donald Trump. His love and admiration for Jews is there for all to see. Surely, he uses Jews, because they’re so easy to work with (responsible, docile, honest) but he also has this irrational tender spot for Jews.
  2. Second place should be for Vladimir Putin, hate-him-or-love-him, who shares that same inexplicable warmth towards the Chosen People.
  3. With excuses to number three, who just happens to be less powerful than numbers one and two, we have the first Jew, hate-him-or-love-him, Benjamin Netanyahu. He’s even on the JPost list. Other Israeli leaders should be on our list too, like, love-them-or-hate-them, Bennett, Liberman, Lapid, Rivlin.
  4. Also Facebook boss, moral leader on wealth and supporter of medical research to end all illness, Mark Zuckerberg should be high on our list.
  5. Love-them-or-hate-them, but such a list must have our Gedoilim, the leading Chareidi Rabbis Chaim Kanievsky and Yosef Shalom Elyashiv. They are widely listened to, and to exclude them is to exclude yourself.
  6. A power player in any democratic state is the press and internationally powerful are international newspapers. David Horovitz, founder of the Times of Israel may represent a fine team of writers faithfully informing us around the clock what really is going on with Israel. Many journalists and commentators should be on such a list like Ilana Dayan. Possibly also people mostly known from TV but I don’t watch so I don’t know.
  7. We are a moral people and still listen to rabbis. Modern-Orthodox leaders should be mentioned too, like, love-them-or-hate-them, Rabbis Sacks, Riskin, Lopes Cardozo and Boteach.
  8. We must include Israel-promoters, love-them-or-hate-them, like Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, Abraham Foxman and Nathan Sharanski.

You get the gist. These 19 would not be amiss heading such a list true to its title. Surely, not many rich, female, non-white or young people. But the powers that be are unequally shared, also today. What do you want to be, politically correct and pretending or truthful? I’m with the latter.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), 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.