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Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Why we should pray and hope for Trump’s speedy and total recovery or should we?

The Times of Israel so far has run 369 blog posts by me about Trump. I always try to bring a viewpoint you won’t hear from others. Never mind that sometimes someone else said the same thing already.

I’m going to explain why you should pray and long for Trump’s fast and complete recovery, especially if you’re, like me, a Never Trump-er.

Death

G-d in the Torah shows how He walked away (so to speak) from using death to get rid of evil and solve anything.

Before the Exodus, 80% of the Jews died during the Plague of Darkness, tell us the Sages, because they didn’t want to go. This, not to cause a giant embarrassment at disembarking time. A total of some 8 million people!

The whole perusing Egyptian army drowned in the Sea uniting after it split.

At the revolt with the Golden Calf, the wild revelers were killed in combat.

The men (only the men misbehaved!) who cried at the evil report of the Spies were going to die, bit by bit, 2.5% per year over 40 years.

The blasphemer walking around in the camp was stoned to death.

Korach’s House and all of the 250 mutineers with him were swallowed up respectively burned up alive.

However, in the last year in the desert, the last 2.5% did not die. The new lesson was to put wicked people on trial rather than killing them.

G^d rather has people repent than die, die sinners.

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Medical science is getting closer and closer to eradicating all illness. Then it will learn how to stop and reverse aging. And then, we won’t need to die anymore. That is if we don’t kill each other for greed and anger.

The old idea that “them” are the enemy, clearly is becoming replaced by the insight that “them are the enemy” is the enemy!

This may be hard to imagine for people in countries that still have capital punishment. But most of the Western World already doesn’t.

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We need to try to solve our problems without eliminating people.

Hatred and Revenge

There are plenty of causes for hating Trump.

However, hatred has never solved anything. And has imprisoned the hater.

Don’t forget but do forgive. For your own emotional health.

Punishment and Suffering

A very important issue to discuss is: No one should get away with evil.

That is because when the wicked win, normal people get discouraged.

However, punishment and suffering, generally, don’t propel people to bettering themselves.

Hitler and Arafat so many times narrowly escaped death but never saw that as warning shots. Rather, they saw themselves as obvious saints, protected by higher powers.

Also when regular people suffer, generally, they harden their positions.

The Rabbis try to make sense of the wicked prospering and the saintly suffering like this: G^d pays out the wicked so that He doesn’t owe them anything in the Afterlife. And the saintly will receive a thousand times more because they stayed on course even when suffering.

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But I would even suppress any non-moralistic, non-ethical wish that he’d die “because he asked for it.” Well-deserved doesn’t mean we wish it. I’d even not say “Told him so,” or “He caused hundreds of thousands to die.”

Defeat

Even if you like to see death as worthy of solving anything. Even if you are so angry that you would love to see Trump die. And even if you think that we need the world to understand how wicked Trump was. Don’t lose sight of the need to defeat Trumpism at the elections.

If he’d die of gets so tired that his work is (temporarily) taken over by VP Pence, Biden winning the election would get so much harder. Republicans without the coarse Trump would become politically correct to so many disgruntled Grand Old Party members. Trumpism with a human face. Calmly defending not following science, lying to the public, stealing from the poor to give to the rich, scaling down social solidarity to zero, bigotry as the new normal, investing in nationalism and war, etc.

NB: This isn’t about Trump at all. Trumpism, not Trump, is the enemy.

Anger about people openly celebrating Trump’s stepping down or death could cost Biden the victory, even if he’d condemn it.

Many people would still feel: he’s a husband, a father, he must have thought he was doing the best for the country, no one is perfect, and he certainly did the best he could, as we all try. And would feel that you’re not human if you don’t feel for him. And then they could be so offended at others celebrating his incapacitatedness that they’d not vote Biden.

Think twice, thrice, before not wishing him well or not mourning his loss.

Fun and Facts

Also, when others make fun of him, or when the world’s biggest dictators wish him well, just mind your tongue.

Yet, all the above doesn’t mean that we can’t make fun of the situation.

Cartoon: headstone with the words: Trump; it will go away in spring.

Texting: Is he liking his bleach diet?

And a bit more seriously: All these staffers whom Trump fired for no good reason at all and who were so disgruntled, in hindsight, can they see how G^d/Fate protected them from getting infected with a deadly virus?

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It seemed impossible to stop Trump from appointing his third conservative to the High Court. Yet, as the Hebrew Bible teaches us: Humans think a lot but what G^d decides is what happens. Look: several Republican senators on the Judiciary Committee have tested positive for corona since attending a ceremony for Judge Coney Barrett. The confirmation party may be off.

We wish all the above people a speedy and complete recovery.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, an almost daily blog contributor to the Times of Israel, and previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. 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. * As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. He doesn't believe that people observe and think in a vacuum. He, therefore, wanted a broad bio that readers interested can track a bit about what (lack of) backgrounds, experiences, and education contribute to his visions. * To find less-recent posts on subject XXX among his over 1600 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, here: https://mmvanzuiden.wordpress.com/. * Like most of his readers, he believes in being friendly, respectful, and loyal. Yet, 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 who don't deserve that. 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), 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. * 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. * 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. 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, anti-elitism, anti-bigotry and supremacy, for Zionism, Intersectionality, and 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. * He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (https://diethylstilbestrol.co.uk/studies/des-and-psychological-health/), born in 1953 to 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. Bullies and con artists almost instantaneously envy and hate him. * 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, empowering therapist. He became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids non-violently. 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 being a strict vegan since 2008. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. He lives with his library in Jerusalem. Feel free to contact him. * His writing has been made possible by a (second-generation) Holocaust survivors' allowance 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.
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