Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Worldwide Christian prayer session for Israel?

With horror, I read the ‘news’ of plans for a Worldwide Christian prayer session for Israel set to go live for Hanukkah.

For those who are tone-deaf to my revulsion, the following comparison.

Just imagine Caucasians worldwide setting out to help non-Whites to think clearly. So racist!

How in the world, 70 years after Auschwitz, the moral bankruptcy of Europe, over half a century after Vatican II, do so many fundamentalist Christians still feel superior to the Jews? And are not even ashamed to say so out loud. As if they have to key to G^d’s heart and we Jews don’t.

We’re not talking about praying for Atheists (which is already so condescending) or Polytheists (do they really still exist?). No, Gentiles praying for Jews, the apple of G^d’s Eye.

Christian supremacy at its best, as always disguised as love. Disgusting!

A chutzpah that even Pharaoh didn’t commit. He didn’t have the audacity to tell Moses: I’ll pray for you. Of course, he asked Moses to pray for him.

I will give you an example to show I’m not exaggerating. One of the organizers remarked: “Hanukkah is prophetically significant, the Festival of Dedication, because Jesus himself celebrated it.” Without a Christian certification, Jewish holidays have no significance to her. And she doesn’t even know that Jesus celebrated all Jewish Festivals. You’d almost pity her.

You hypocrites (not all Christians!), go spend some time every week to end Christian supremacy and other forms of antisemitism in your own house!

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I like how Christianity calls upon their followers to lead a moral life, just like Islam does (though they each could use a return to the Jews to have a check-up and update on their present beliefs and teachings). These world-dominating religions clearly have a valid, constructive, and loving core.

I really admire and love so many sincere Christians I met who are humble, busy with helping others and being honest and kind, and determined to improve how they relate to themselves, their close ones, and far ones.

But when some start to trash the Jews, those who gave them most of their religion, one wonders. How can they follow a Jew of 2,000 years ago and with a straight face reject the Jews of now as being inferior to them?

Do they really think that Jewish Prayer is less powerful? That G^d is closer to them than to us? Really? Does Hell really have space for so many?

Being a friend of the Jews comes naturally almost to no one. Only if one’s family or congregation has held a true admiration of Jews. Prominent peaceful resistance Christian leaders who closely worked with the Jews, like Martin Luther King jr., Nelson Mandela, and Gandhi (his boyfriend was a Jew), may have prime followers who say really antisemitic things.

We Jews urgently need to pray more for them. That any heartlessness, hatred, and condescension among them will diminish and that their eyes, ears, and hearts will open to eternal truth, honesty, and the Heavenly teachings that we also received to teach them, soon and in our days.

And in case you now think that I’m being un-humble: When women, non-Whites, children, blue-color workers, LGBTQIA+, Jews, and every other oppressed group retake their rightful respected place under the sun and in society, that is not arrogance. That is progress, justice, and truth.

Our true Christian friends could help us to get to more unity among Jews. Out divisiveness is closely related to the hatred we have endured from outside. Such mediation is always helpful and noble. But they can help because they are outsiders to our stress, not because they are superior.

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, lehavdil 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, LGBTQIA, 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 quite 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 500th 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 find his earlier blog posts on a certain subject XXX among the over 1200 ones, go to the right-top corner of the Times of Israel page, click on the search icon, and search: "zuiden, XXX". * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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