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

Will Jews not be around at the End of Days as Jews?

The need for humility

I heard Rabbi Cardozo speak, recently. He had a new idea, I noticed. The man keeps learning and thinking and the newest book he is focussing on is the Mei haShiloach. New ideas are bound to happen.

He suggested that Jews only came around when Humankind get so lost that G^d had to take a special measure. Jews are then here to help everyone make it and help cooperate to realize Paradise on Earth.

But, he suggested, when everything works well and tikun ‘olam has finished, the would have no need for Jews anymore. Just as the world started without Jews, it might also end without us as a special People.

I doubt it and I have a reason for that.

Children should honor their parents. However, it has always been clear to me that I don’t need my kids to deeply respect me. They need that. Once they see me as nothing special, they won’t have respect for anyone anymore. I see my relationships with ‘my’ children evolve more and more in the direction of us being friends. But never to the extent that I’m just one of their acquaintances or even best friends. They’d better be as amazed about me as I am (by now) about my parents.

And likewise, I don’t think Jews so much need the respect of the world. Gentiles need to respect us, for what G^d gave them came through us.

So, Jews will need to stay around forever. In the End, not to perfect the world anymore. But once the world is perfect, we still need to be here so that people can express their gratitude to us — for their sake.

The world cannot be perfect yet as long as there is no general gratefulness for G^d and the Jews.

We are not going anywhere. I thought at first.

But we can honor our parents also when they stopped parenting or are no longer around. So why do Jews need to stay around to honor them?

So maybe, when all is fine and dandy with the human being, when Paradise and Utopia are reached, maybe then we would discontinue to keep Commandments, can assimilate and intermarry?

But in any case, I don’t see a perfect world emerge any time soon. We’re still about to go extinct from greed and immorality, from climate change to nuclear war. So, for now, we Jews need to intensify and speed up keeping all Commandments and bring all human beings more of G^d’s Word — including and prominently about how to relate better to each other.

Together with all Gentiles trying to pass on as much as we understand.

NB: More than all Jews should start keeping Shabbat during this coronavirus pandemic, all religious people should inform themselves and start keeping distance from each other. That is what G^d demands.

Christians and Muslims may act better than Jews

At the same meeting spoke Rabbi Yitz Greenburg. He inspired me to write down some of what he said and add to it.

Christians and Muslims are the Jews’ prime students. And we know that we learn a lot from our teachers but even more from our colleagues but most we will learn from our students. But still, it should come as a shock to most Jews that some groups of Monotheists are ahead of us. Not because we are so competitive but rather because we have a Mission to accomplish. The Ten Commandments (and all their derivates) were given in no man’s land because they need to be taught to everyone.

Celibacy — We Jews don’t do that. Some priests report that it can’t be done. But many still try. What Jew would even try? (Except for some misguided Gay Jews?) We think it’s inhumane and unnecessarily harsh. But we can still admire the people who try.

Caring for people with severe brain damage — How many Jews have the patience for that? We don’t have to berate ourselves for running from this but at least we may admire selfless loving people who do this daily.

Loving Jews — You can be a Jew and hate Jews but you can’t be a proper Evangelical Christian and do that.

Not being scared of dying — Jews know better than anyone how dear life on earth is. Still, we are not commanded to be scared of dying. Many of us are, but many Muslims are not. It is not true that we need a fear of death to stay alive. A love for life would do. As many Muslims show.

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 (https://diethylstilbestrol.co.uk/studies/des-and-psychological-health/), 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 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. * NEW: To see other blog posts by him, his overspill blog you can reach by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture at the head of every post. There you may find precursors to later TOI blog posts, addition or corrections of published TOI blog posts, blog posts the TOI will not carry and some thoughts that are too short to be a TOI blog post. Also, the TOI only allows for one blog post per blogger per 24 hours. Sometimes, he has more to say than that. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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