Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Why I abhor missionary activity in Israel

In the clip, the voiceover claims that they are the watchmen on Israel’s walls. I would call their channel: OCKNOB: Our chutzpah knows no bounds.

It’s nice to be open-minded, but not at the expense of others. It’s pure egotism to say, missionary activism on the Jews doesn’t disturb me. How nice that you are safe but care a bit for others who are prone to deceit. Jews notoriously flip between being paranoid and being completely naive. You don’t want the most innocent under us to give up their holy tradition.

Saying that you welcome a fair competition between Christian doctrine and the Jewish tradition is like saying to dentists that we don’t have to warn people against eating sugar all day. Just welcome the competition between sugar and whole-wheat bread. That’s equally ridiculous.

On top of that, Christians are with 2 billion people against 20 million Jews. The economic and man-power of the latter dwarf in comparison. And we Jews already need to battle antisemitism all day long, as a State (still no peace), online, in the street, in the UN, and the list goes on. And we should welcome Christians attacking us too (claiming to save us)? Absurd.

Further, Jews from outside of Israel are used to defending themselves against false claims and enticing advertisements by Christians. But Israeli Jews don’t define themselves in contrast to others. It is like introducing new microbes into a population. You can’t say that any healthy group can deal with them. They have no immunity at all yet. It’s going to be a graveyard.

Many Christian missionaries targeting Jews often don’t just promote an alternative ethical worldview. They employ pure deceit with claims that one could easily serve both G’d and the Baal. Some go so far to posit that the most complete form of authentic Judaism is reached when you add Jesus to the mix. And they often aim at Jews who are in great distress and who are weak in their Judaism. This is all pure deceit and falsehood. We should respect all ethical worldviews but not immorality and deception. [I don’t know if you can see it. The guy speaking in the opening clip, I see that he’s untruthful. He has a little smirk around his lips. Look carefully.]

One wonders how people can claim to have respect (or even love) for Jews and a wish to support Jews and still aim to un-Jew them. It’s like saying to your partner, I love you from the bottom of my heart with all my soul and please change your character, go for plastic surgery, talk differently …

Trying to convert Jews is ethnic cleansing. It’s genocide. It’s finishing Hitler’s work. But … it’s not only a danger to the People under siege; it is also a great shame on the people who support this. I am still waiting for a majority of Christians to actively oppose missionary activity on the Jews, just like a majority of Germans is ardently against racism and antisemitism.

The best reason for Jews to stay away from Christianity is its attempt to convert Jews. It’s so disgusting — who would want anything to do with such immorality? I like Christianity for Gentiles but something is rotten in the State of Denmark. I hope a vast majority of Christians will soon change that. I’m not talking about certain streams disavowing missionary activity on the Jews. I’m talking about active opposition against it and talking to converted Jews (with love and warmth) to try to have them return home.

It’s a scandal that some Christians first rob us of Jews, and then we need to bring them back. First we are robbed and then we need to spend energy to regain our fellows. Are there then no Christians who know of repentance?

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, previously a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He often makes his readers laugh, mad, or assume he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. He's proud that his analytical short comments are removed both from left-wing and right-wing news sites. None of his content is generated by the new bore on the block, AI. * As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. Or not at all because he doesn't claim G^d talks to him. He gives him good ideas—that's all. MM doesn't believe that people observe and think in a vacuum. He, therefore, wanted a broad bio that readers interested can track a bit what (lack of) backgrounds, experiences, and educations contribute to his visions. * This year, he will prioritize getting his unpublished books published rather than just blog posts. Next year, he hopes to focus on activism against human extinction. To find less-recent posts on a subject XXX among his over 2000 archived ones, go to the right-top corner of a Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". One can find a second, wilder blog, to which one may subscribe too, here: or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * Like most of his readers, he believes in being friendly, respectful, and loyal. However, if you think those are his absolute top priorities, you might end up disappointed. His first loyalty is to the truth. He will try to stay within the limits of democratic and Jewish law, but he won't lie to support opinions or people when don't deserve that. (Yet, we all make honest mistakes, which is just fine and does not justify losing support.) He admits that he sometimes exaggerates 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. * Sometimes he's misunderstood because his wide and diverse field of vision seldomly fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what some love about him. He has written a lot about Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (including basic statistics), Politics (Israel, the US, and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight reality), 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), the Climate Crisis, Ecology and Veganism, Affairs from the news, or the Torah Portion of the Week, or new insights that suddenly befell him. * Chronologically, his most influential teachers 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. This short list doesn't mean to disrespect others who taught him a lot or a little. One of his rabbis calls him Mr. Innovation [Ish haChidushim]. Yet, his originalities seem to root deeply in traditional Judaism, though they may grow in unexpected directions. In fact, he claims he's modernizing nothing. Rather, mainly basing himself on the basic Hebrew Torah text, he tries to rediscover classical Jewish thought almost lost in thousands of years of stifling Gentile domination and Jewish assimilation. (He pleads for a close reading of the Torah instead of going by rough assumptions of what it would probably mean and before fleeing to Commentaries.) This, in all aspects of life, but prominently in the areas of Free Will, Activism, Homosexuality for men, and Redemption. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, and disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed. He aims to bring a fresh perspective rather than harp on the obvious and familiar. When he can, he loves to write encyclopedic overviews. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds should be disputed. In short, his main political positions are among others: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, anti those who abuse democratic liberties, anti the fake ME peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, pro-Science, pro-Free Will, anti-blaming-the-victim, and for down-to-earth, classical optimism, and happiness. Read his blog on how he attempts to bridge any tensions between those ideas or fields. * He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (, born in 1953 to his parents who were Dutch-Jewish Holocaust survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork. He grew up a humble listener. It took him decades to become a speaker too, and decades more to admit to being a genius. But his humility was his to keep. And so was his honesty. Bullies and con artists almost instantaneously envy and hate him. He hopes to bring new things and not just preach to the choir. * He holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam) – is half a doctor. He practices Re-evaluation Co-counseling since 1977, is not an official teacher anymore, and became a friendly, powerful therapist. He became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years, he was active in hasbara to the Dutch-speaking public. 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 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. 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 an original 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. * His newest books you may find here:
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