09 Apr Speak Your Vues
Kudos to you for changing and upgrading your paper. I have been
picking up a copy of The Vues for at least 25 years now and I am very
impressed with your new look. May you continue to grow and help the
community via your wonderful articles, ads, and interesting content.
Editors Note: Thanks for the positive feed back.
NO MORE SCREENS
Within the last few weeks both Camp Dora Golding & Camp Kaylie sent
out letters saying that they are no longer allowing campers to bring
screens to camp. No more Ipads, phones etc. Do you think a sleep away
camp has the right in this day & age to not allow me to communicate
with my child?
Editors Note: Yes. Absolutely. And you have the right not to send your
kid there. The camp has to do what is best for the camp.
STAYING HOME VS. GOING AWAY
I’m starting to feel it again. My kids are telling me that everyone in
their class is going away for Pesach. We always stayed home for
Pesach. The main reason is because we can’t afford to go away. But the
other reason is that I always felt that staying home was the best way
to really feel the Yom Tov. When someone else cleans for you and cooks
for you, you really lose out on what Yom Tov is all about. What do you
Editors Note: To each to their own. Everyone is entitled to do what is
best for them.
I can’t believe that Kalmen Yaeger lost his position on a committee
where Omar, the congresswoman, said anti-Semitic stuff and she gets to
stay on her committee. What an outrage!
Editors Note: We have to remember that we are in galus and not to
speak out in a way that antagonizes people. We have been living with
this double standard for years upon years.
I have just finished personal tax returns for my wife and myself as
well as our two daughters and their families.
Trump’s tax changes capped deductions for state taxes (property and
income and sales tax) at $10,000.
We all live in CT and have homes valued and taxed at values above 500K
and less than 900K, We also have to pay property tax on cars, sales
tax and state income tax. I ran the returns using the new tax laws and
software used last year.
Each daughter’s taxes increased between 5 and 10K on similar income
My wife and I are paying more 27K more than last year on the same income.
I was ridiculed when I stated that I expected my tax liability would
increase 20K+ under the new laws and that it would reduce my
I have just gone through my list of secondary and tertiary charities
and reduced or eliminated donations planned for the rest of 2019.
With the changes done to the ACA (Obamacare) our medical expenses have
also gone up dramatically putting a further squeeze on disposable
B”H I am not crying poverty, BUT the dire predictions I made about
Trump’s tax and insurance rules have come true.
I do not know anyone in my community who has realized a true tax cut
under the plan. I guess none of us are that 1%.
Moshe from Connecticut
Editors Note: You have to understand Trump knows where his votes came
from. Anyone in the Northeast got killed in taxes since they are
Democratic States. Until this does not change expect more of this to
happen to the North East and California.
Are you on the fence regarding election 2020?
-Historical Democrat concerned about anti-Semitism/anti-Israel
messages from some Democrat in leadership positions
-Still concerned even though Democrat was somewhat reprimanded by
Democrats after comments were made.
-Never ever imagined voting Republican
-Aren’t some Republican leaders are anti-Semitic/anti-Israel too?
-Want to approach this election weighing each side – rather than
simply aligning with a party?
-Still need to find out who the Democratic candidate it too?
Anyone have non-polarizing thoughts?
Editors note: There is still a long time before the elections – a lot
can change and yes, we all have short memories.
SITTING AT THE HEAD
On special occasions, like my birthday or our anniversary, my husband
asks me to sit at the head of the Shabbos table, in his usual place. I
am wondering if anyone sees a problem with this since I never saw this
anywhere else? Also, if we have guests that particular Shabbos, do we
need to “explain” that this is an exceptional Shabbos – not to be
“maras ayim” of being feminist c’v?
Editors Note: It will be dependent upon if your husband is considered
king then it would be inappropriate.
GRAPE JUICE LIGHT
There is a newish product on the market called Grape Juice light. I
can’t figure out why anybody would actually buy watered down grape
juice. It would be a lot cheaper to just buy regular grape juice and
add water yourself.
However, what many might not realize, this product is not considered
grape juice according to most poskim.
Reb Shlomo Zalman Auerbach zt”l rules that watered down grape juice
becomes shehakol, and can not be used for Kiddush or the four kosos on
Pesach. Reb Shmuel Kaminetzky shlita paskens the same way.
It seems that many people are buying this unaware that it cannot be
used for its intended purpose according to most poskim.
Editor’s Note: Did you consider the possibility that maybe “Grape
Juice Light” is not just watered down grape juice and perhaps that’s
why people use it instead of watering down grape juice?
WEARING A HAT
The Chasidim are generally makpid to always wear a hat and jacket when
outdoors rain or shine; hot or cold; young and old. This is so whether
they are a Rov, Ben Torah or even a poshut chosid. However, among the
Litvish this isn’t always so. The rabbonim and Bnei Torah generally do
adhere to this hanhaga. Among their hamon am this is mostly not the
Why is this so? If you look at the old pictures from Lita you
generally always see even the hamon am wearing a hat and jacket
Editors Note: There is no halacha one must wear a hat and jacket
outside. On the other hand when it comes to davening we need to look
into the halachos…
I have a problem with congestion pricing. I come in to work from NJ
and I get tolled crossing the bridge. Why should I get tolled twice?
Editor’s Note: It is a money maker for the corrupt MTA so their
salaries can go higher.
My wife thinks that dust is chametz. What should I do?
Editor’s Note: Live with it at least she is doing something for Pesach.
What right do the Democrats have to demand Trump’s tax returns? If the
voters voted him in without seeing the tax returns they have no right
to impose their will on him.
Editor’s Note: The Democrats feel horrible they could not impeach
trump with the Mueller Report so they are trying hard. It will
backfire, as the voters will see how petty the Democrats are.