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    Speak Your Vues


    Please note that the author of Speak Your Vues is in no way affiliated with the publisher of this paper. The author of this column is an independent third party contributor. The views and opinions expressed by this author may not reflect the views and opinions of the publishers. If one has any issues with any of the views, please write a letter to the Vues Master.



    Dear Vues Master: 

    There is a beautiful midrash on the Akedah – the Biblical story of Abraham’s being commanded to sacrifice his son Isaac. Interestingly, it comes from a non-Jew, the celebrated Soren Kierkegaard. The way the famed Danish philosopher tells it, father and son complete their long and mournful journey to Mount Moriah where Abraham has been ordered by God to bring the boy as an offering. The great patriarch and father of monotheism starts the fire, lays Isaac on the makeshift altar, ties his hands, picks up the knife, leans in close to his son and whispers, “By the way kid, this has nothing whatsoever to do with God. I’m killing you because I want you dead!” Isaac immediately begins screaming: “God, God, help me, help me, dear God, please save meeeee…..!!!” The canny Abraham closes his eyes and reflects, “Better the boy should think of me a monster than God; better that he hate me than lose his faith in the Almighty.” The story is especially poignant in light of approaching 30th anniversary of the murder of Rabbi Meir Kahane, zt’l, hy’d, who was shot to death in New York City by El Sayyid Nosair on November 5, 1990. I was supposed to have been in the audience that night, but a scheduling conflict and the knowledge that the rabbi would be speaking once again the following Sunday kept me from attending. I watched the TV coverage later that night, though, with tears streaming down my face, and was part of the throng that shut down Brooklyn’s Ocean Parkway the next day at his memorial service. The powerful midrash of Soren Kierkegaard comes to mind because it shows Abraham willing to absorb the hatred of his own flesh in order to preserve his son’s connection to and faith in G-d. Rabbi Kahane, too, invited attacks, and vicious ones – from his days as a pulpit rabbi to the Jewish Defense League, his campaign to free Soviet Jews, and his time as a member of Knesset – from Jews and others over the course of a career spent working for the Jewish People. Few and far between are the people who are willing to listen to the truth, even fewer who are willing to let it change them. This discouraging little backwater of human nature is hardly new. In fact, the prophets of the Bible railed against just such self-inflicted blindness some 2,500 years ago. Isaiah writes: “For it is a rebellious people… children that desire not to hear the Law of the Lord; which say to the seers, ‘See not!’ and to the visionaries, ‘Envision not unto us true things; speak unto us smooth things, envision delusions…” Warns Jeremiah: “The prophets prophesy falsely… and My people love to have it so; and what will you do in the end thereof? Truth is perished and cut from their mouths.” Adds Amos: “They hate him who rebuketh in the gate and they abhor him that speakest uprightly.” Rabbi Kahane was this era’s conscience, a leader who lived and ultimately gave his life for his fellow Jews. That his name has largely been forgotten, and worse unheard of by youngsters, is a disgrace that our People will not soon live down. May Rabbi Kahane’s memory serve as a blessing, but also as a lesson for each of us. It is not the naysayers, the disbelievers, or the willingly blind who are remembered by posterity. It’s the seekers and speakers of truth — those who force us to open our eyes and see what we’d rather not but nonetheless must, even at a terrible personal cost — whom history cherishes. Howard Michael Riell is a veteran journalist and author of the just-released I Would Have Taught You Something Beautiful: Inspiration and Motivation From One of America’s Most Unorthodox Orthodox Thinkers, available on Amazon.com. 


    Vues Master’s Note: Rabbi Kahane was a great visionary! Despite the fact that many Rabbonim did not agree with him, his activities and speeches were all done leshem Shomayim. May he be a Meilitz Yosher



    Dear Vues Master: 

    This is in response to the Rechnitz letter. I never get involved in this type of discussions but this time I decided that I had to. Mr. Heshi Tischler goes to visit Jewish inmates every few weeks. He brings to his home freed inmates, helps them get a job and supplies them with whatever they need. He brings to his home troubled kids who have all kinds of issues and helps them in any whichever way. He already helped 21 kids in this way. He helps and supports the organization called Sheves Achim which supplies food boxes to 137 families. He goes to visit sick people in the hospital every morning. On Shabbos, he goes to visit lonely and elderly people and makes kiddush for them. He has a charity foundation called the Rivka foundation. In the last 25 years he has helped financially (even though he is not wealthy) the Israeli Kollel of Rabbi Yehonatan Badush. He invites peope to his home for every Shabbos meal. He helps people find jobs. He supports financially and personally a youth center for troubled kids. This is the person Reb Rechnitz called a behemo sheeyneno tehoro. Ironically he writes: yoday lo shofchu es hadam haze. Mr Tishler is an individual who really takes to heart the vicissitudes the Jewish people are going through right now and raises his voice against the local government which is clearly antisemitic and tries to hurt our community. He is really only trying to help our community. Does it make sense that a person who is so involved in chesed begufo ubemamono, is a “rodef” and “power hungry”? I don’t think so. Is Reb Rechnitz a posek who can decide what is chilul HaShem? Reb Rechnitz should stay put with his flock of sheep, his place is not among the lions. When antisemitism raises its ugly head, that is when it is time to decapitate it. We absolutely have to do everything we can to fight it and certainly not listen to a scared chicken. His whole letter is devoid of chochmo and belongs to the waste bin, not in a respectable journal like yours. 


    Vues Master’s Note: He may be all that you write but who appointed him as our spokesman? He trashed our Rabbonim which is not our way!



    Dear Vues Master: 

    In last week’s issue you made a grave error on the report that Israeli authorities advanced plans to build over 2,100 new settlement homes. It then stated “in the occupied West Bank”. It is not occupied, it is liberated!!! It should have started in the liberated land of Judea and Samaria. Please do not repeat this mistake. Thank you. 


    Vues Master’s Note: It is a figure of speech based on mainstream media. Yes you are right we should not call it occupied! It is all part of the manipulation of mass media! 



    Dear Vues Master: 

    I think the world needs to circle back and admonish Poland for passing a law forbidding people to say that Poland was somewhat responsible for the death camps. In the United States, I can stand on the White House lawn and claim that George Washington and George Bush collaborated to create Hurricane Katrina. The innocent do not need to suppress free speech. 


    Vues Master’s Note: Well there’s your answer. Poland is communist and will do anything not to acknowledge their wrong doings during WWII. It is sad but we know the truth and we know what they stand for and we know that they were the ones that ratted us out to the Nazis! Yimach Shemam Vezichram!! 



    Dear Vues Master: 

    What insults my intelligence the most about many (not all) of today’s political “Conservatives” is how many of them try to hide the facts from the American people that they are radical-libertarians as well as what I refer to as “Survival-of-theFittest” Social Darwinists. That is, they would love to abolish (not just cut) every single federal government social program that helps the poor, the near-poor, the lower classes, and the middle classes–especially Social Security which is the one that they hate the most. For verification of the themes of my letter, please read the award-winning book written by the 12-time awardwinning and prize-winning journalist JANE MAYER which is titled “DARK MONEY: THE HIDDEN HISTORY OF THE BILLIONAIRES BEHIND THE RISE OF THE RADICAL RIGHT.” There are other books which make the same points. 

    Sincerely, S. B. E. 

    Vues Master’s Note: It is interesting that I need to read books written by Liberals to understand conservatism. That makes no sense. If I want to understand conservatism I will read a book written by a conservative for a conservative! If I want to understand Liberalism I will read your sources!! 



    Dear Vues Master: 

    Warren Buffett is asking everyone to forward this to 20 people, and to ask each of those to do likewise. The BUFFETT Rule Let’s see what people’s pressure is all about. Salary of retired US Presidents .. . . . .. . . . . .. . $180,000 FOR LIFE Salary of House/Senate members .. . . . .. . . . $174,000 FOR LIFE. This is stupid Salary of Speaker of the House .. . . . .. . . . . $223,500 FOR LIFE. This is really stupid Salary of Majority / Minority Leaders . . .. . . . .$193,400 FOR LIFE Stupid Average Salary of a teacher . . .. . . . .. . . . . .. .$40,065 Average Salary of a deployed Soldier . . .. . . .. $38,000 Here’s where the cuts should be made! Warren Buffett, in a recent interview with CNBC, offers one of the best quotes about the debt ceiling: “I could end the deficit in five minutes,” he told CNBC. “You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election.” The 26th Amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only three months and eight days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971 – before computers, e-mail, cell phones, etc Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took one (1) year or less to become the law of the land – all because of public pressure. Warren Buffett is asking everyone to show this to a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise. Congressional Reform Act of 2022 1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman / woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they’re out of office. 2. Congress (past, present, & future) participates in Social Security. All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose. 3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do. 4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%. 5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people. 6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people. 7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void effective 3/1/22. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen/women. Congress made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and go back to work. THIS IS HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS! 


    Vues Master’s Note: Wishful thinking! They will never vote for themselves something that is not in their own interest that is not the way a liberal thinks!! 



    Dear Vues Master: 

    As published in the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles – October 27, 2020 https://jewishjournal.com/commentary/323774/biden-illuminates-fdrsrelationship-with-nazis/ My book https://tinyurl.com/ y2qo5o4j Regardless of the outcome of next week’s election, former Vice President Joe Biden will have the distinction of being the first American presidential candidate to draw attention to the U.S. government’s shameful record of friendly relations with Nazi Germany in the 1930s. During the final presidential debate on October 22, President Donald Trump claimed that he has “a good relationship” with North Korea and argued that “having a good relationship with leaders of other countries is a good thing.” Former Vice President Biden retorted that “we had a good relationship with Hitler before he in fact invaded Europe.” Biden’s assertion must have surprised many viewers of the debate, who likely assumed that because President Franklin D. Roosevelt led America in a war against Nazi Germany, he must have always been hostile to the Hitler regime. In fact, from the time FDR first took office in 1933, until America entered World War II in December 1941, the Roosevelt administration’s policy was to pursue cordial, sometimes even friendly, relations with the Nazi regime. Many Americans boycotted products from Nazi Germany. But the Roosevelt administration helped Nazi Germany evade the boycott in the 1930s by permitting goods from Germany to bear labels that misled consumers as to their country of origin. The administration halted this disgraceful practice only when threatened with a lawsuit by boycott activists. FDR also sent Secretary of Commerce Daniel Roper to address a pro-Nazi rally in New York City in 1933. At that rally, Nazi Germany’s ambassador to the United States was the keynote speaker and the podium and hall were decorated with swastika flags. In 1937, the administration sent one of its senior diplomats to represent the United States at the annual Nazi Party rally in Nuremberg. In some instances, the Roosevelt administration actually apologized for U.S. citizens’ anti-Nazi sentiment. In 1935, the administration publicly apologized to Adolf Hitler after a New York City judge released protesters who tore a swastika flag off a visiting German ship. Then, in 1937, when New York mayor Fiorello La Guardia called Hitler a “brown-shirted fanatic who is threatening the peace of the world,” Roosevelt’s secretary of state expressed the U.S. government’s “regret” over “utterances calculated to be offensive to a foreign government.” Roosevelt repeatedly compelled Secretary of the Interior Harold Ickes to remove critical references to Hitler from his speeches. For example, in the draft of his May 1935 commencement address at the University of Alabama, Ickes described universities in Nazi Germany as “mere bond slaves to a strutting and vainglorious Nazism” and those in Fascist Italy as “permitted to teach only what the government permits them to teach.” The White House informed Ickes that “it is the President’s request that the references to the foreign countries be entirely eliminated.” Likewise, in November 1938, Ickes submitted to the White House a draft of his planned radio broadcast responding to the Nazis’ Kristallnacht pogrom against German Jews. “The draft as submitted was approved,” Ickes noted in his diary, “except that the President wanted us to cut out all references to Germany by name as well as references to Hitler, Goebbels, and others by name.” President Roosevelt did not approve of Hitler’s anti-Jewish policies, but he feared that any U.S. criticism of the Nazi regime would harm AmericanGerman relations. In the 430 press conferences that FDR held from January 1933 until September 1938, he never criticized Hitler’s persecution of German Jews. In fact, the oppression of the Jews was mentioned in just one of those press conferences — and only because a reporter, not the president, raised it. Roosevelt replied that he had no comment and quickly changed the subject. According to the research of Professor Stephen Norwood, the Roosevelt administration welcomed Nazi warships to visit American ports in the 1930s. Two German navy cruisers, the Karlsruhe and the Emden, were sent to visit the United States on multiple occasions between 1934 and 1936, in order — as the captain of the Karlsruhe put it — to “carry into the outside world something of the spirit of New Germany.” The Karlsruhe brought along 2,000 copies of Hitler’s Mein Kampf to distribute in the United States. The Nazis hoped these friendly naval visits would “end once [and] for all the rumors and propaganda which had been spread abroad” concerning the persecution of German Jewry. The Nazi warships were greeted by senior U.S. military and naval officers and were often accompanied by a twentyone-gun salute. The U.S. navy even provided boats, personnel, and equipment to assist the Nazis in carrying out military exercises off the Los Angeles coast. Sometimes FDR’s pre-war policy of maintaining good relations with the Nazis directly interfered with the rescue of Jewish refugees. In 1940– 1941, the American journalist Varian Fry led an underground network in Vichy France that rescued more than 2,000 refugees — until Washington intervened. Responding to complaints by the Nazis and the Vichyites, the Roosevelt administration forced Fry to leave France on the grounds that he was “carrying on activities evading the laws of countries with which the United States maintains friendly relations.” Franklin D. Roosevelt’s troubling policy towards Nazi Germany in the 1930s has received too little attention. Hopefully, Joe Biden’s remark will stimulate a long-overdue national conversation about this important topic. 


    Vues Master’s Note: Time will tell! It may be a bit longer than usual this time! The truth always emerges! 



    Dear Vues Master: 

    I happened to be on 13th ave after davening maariv in Shomer Shabbos, when I got hungry. So of course I headed for Deli 52, [no not for Guttman’s Cholent-that’s on Thurs night.] I bought Schwarma YUMM! Meanwhile, on the way, I checked to see if another of my favorite stores was open, but it looked dark. I checked the outside door, and low and behold, it was open. I then checked the inside door, and whether I believe it or not open. The sign on the store said that they would bring your order to the door. I called out my order, but I only heard my echo. I made my way out of the store and tried calling the number that was on the sign of the store. I only heard a message of the entire menu, and to wait for the next representative. I would still be waiting until Moshiach comes soon. Well, I was advised to call Shomrim, and they came quickly as always. They found out the phone number of the owner from a neighbor around the corner, Mr. Mailway. Thanks. The owner immediately called the manager who came right over on a hoverboard, and locked both doors. I noticed a sign on their store that they are temporarily closed due to Coved. It seemed to me that they were temporarily Opened! Meanwhile, the head of Shomrim, who started Shomrim 30 yrs. ago, Mr. Landau came by as well. The people were telling me that I should get an n award like free things from the store for a year, but I was happy to get a Mitzvah! I think that they were in a rush to get out with their masks on and not bump into the government. health officials, the state police, the sheriffs, the building codes, they forgot to simply lock the doors. So please everyone, remember to lock your cars & homes, but not the Shuls and Yeshivas! We need them OPEN! 


    Vues Master’s Note: It is a sad state of affairs! People are dying and not from Covid!!



    Dear Vues Master: 

    There is an outdoor minyan in the heart of Flatbush which personifies achdus and respect for one another. No confusion, no contradiction, just reflecting the finest middos of our mispalelim. All COVID guidelines are followed. We are machmir and lean on each other for support to follow all CDC rules. Three times a day/ seven days a week we meet, daven with kavanah, and attend shiurim. We are a makom kadosh opening the gates of shamayim. We are am yisrael and have decided to write a sefer torah to use in our Gan Eden and help us conquer this terrible mageifa. The following letter from Rabbi Ari Deutscher (Ramat Beit Shemesh and family to Gan Eden Flatbush members) reflects our views in uniting klal yisrael and represents Hashem’s achdus in our world: There is a story about a DP camp post the Shoah. It was Sukkos, and a group of chassdimin the camp decided to come together and gather materials to build a sukkah for themselves. After some scavenging around, they managed to collect enough materials and built a sukkah outside the camp. When the first day of Sukkos arrived, the group happily and excitedly left the camp to sit in the succah they had built. It had been years since they were able to fulfill any mitzvah, and this added to the zmansimchaseinu of the yomtov. However, on their way out, they passed a group of secular Jews who were clearly upset with what they were doing. They shouted at the group of Chassidim and reprimanded them for the sukkah they had built outside of the camp. They repeated this when the group returned from sitting in their sukkah. This continued all throughout Chol HaMoed, even until the last day of Sukkos, Hoshana Raba. By that time, many for the secular Jews who had been reprimanding the Chassidim for building their sukkah had given up. It was, after all, the last day. However, there was still one Jew there, waiting by the entrance as they left to sit in the succah their final time, who very vocally reprimanded them. After saying the special tefilah upon leaving the sukkah, they returned to the camp and found the same man standing there ready to reprimand them. At this point, one of the Chassidim approached the man. He asked him how even now, at the end of the chag, how could he still be there waiting to reprimand them for building a sukkah and fulfilling the mitzvah. At this point the mitzvah was over, what good is it to continue like this? The man responded that he and his friends had not been reprimanding them for building a sukkah and fulfilling the mitzvah. What upset them was that the group of chassidim built their sukkah outside the camp for themselves rather than inside the camp where everyone could share in the mitzvah together. The Ohr HaChaim explains that all matter and energy, everything in existence, was created on the first day, though jumbled together. What happened the rest of the days of creation was Hashem separating all the different elements and parts out, dividing everything in nature into its place. Originally everything created reflected Hashem’s Oneness. Since that moment of creation everything drifts further apart from one another. This is true in nature and in people. Sometimes things drift too far away and are divided to much and barely reflect Hashem’s Oneness anymore. Then Hashem does a Nes to bring things closer together and back on track, closer to the way things should be. People as well, drift further apart, until something happens that forces us to come together. Every Galus began with disunity, from the Brothers, to the division of the Malchius to the Sias Chinam by the 2nd Beis HaMmikdash. Hashem sends calamitys to us to force us to see clearly, beyond our differences, to readjust our priorities and reunite for a higher cause. Before every calamity in Jewish History there was terrible division in Klal Yisroel. In every part of the world, in every way, people are becoming more polarized and radical, drifting further and further away from each other. Now we face our latest difficulty, and it is incumbent upon us to rise to the challenge and unite in a special real way that will provide the world with the Tikun it needs. To do something symbolic but also relevant and useful to our community. As the Arizal says, Chessed starts close to home. Just a short while ago we made a sium on the Chumash. Upon finishing we immediately begin again with Bereishis, a symbol of our everlasting commitment and love for the Torah. The last letter of the Torah is a “Lamed”. The first letter is a Beis. When read from end to beginning, as we did, that forms the word “Lev”- Heart. The Torah is our Heart. It is what has always bound us together and made Bnei Yisroel who we are. We camped by Har Sinai “K’Ish Echad B’LEV Echad”, with a unified heart. Rashi says it was this zechus that made us worthy to receive the Torah. Since then, our united hearts have been tied to the Torah. The Torah IS the heart of Klal Yisroel. What better symbol of Jewish Unity than to write a Sefer Torah? Chazal tells us the amount of letters in the Torah equal the amount of Jewish souls. If a single letter of a Torah is missing, the whole Torah is pasul. And if a single Jew is excluded or lost, then as a whole we as well are lacking. Each of us is intrinsic to this Community and to Klal Yisroel, and writing a Sefer Torah reflects this as well. The Ramban says the Malachim read the Torah straight without breaks as a single word, and that word all together is Hashem’s name. And if a single letter is missing from the Torah, then it is like Hashem’s name is lacking K’Viyachul. The Maharal says the Achdus of the Jewish people is meant to reflect and represent Hashem’s Achdus in this world. When we are divided, it is a Chilul Hashem Rachman L’tzlan, as Hashem’s oneness is not being revealed through us in the world. Coming together to write a sefer torah is a major Kiddush Hashem, not only in that it is a special mitzvah worthy of celebration. The Torah is our heart that unites us, it is Hashem’s name revealed in the world. Perhaps in our way, we can contribute to the necessary tikkun the world is waiting for right now. 

    Member of Gan Dan Eden 

    Vues Master’s Note: May we merit that we daven in Shul in Eretz Yisroel with no restrictions!!



    Dear Vues Master: 

    Noach was the biggest conspiracy theorist of his time. Please be careful before you slam this label on someone. 


    Vues Master’s Note: The difference is that he heard it from Hashem. Today I don’t believe anyone hears their theories from Hashem!! 



    Dear Vues Master: 

    “S.O.S – Save Our Stores” Felder, Eichenstein, Yeger Propose Legislation Waiving All Covid-19 State of Emergency Fines & Penalties Senator Simcha Felder, Assemblyman Simcha Eichenstein and Councilman Kalman Yeger Announce Proposed Legislation to Save Local Businesses from Additional Burdens and Prevent Further Stress to the Economy What: Amid ongoing senseless lockdowns and excessive fines in red zones, local elected officials stand with small business owners to unveil the Save Our Stores Act proposed in the State Legislature and City Council. On Monday, November 2, elected officials representing Boro Park, Midwood and Gravesend, Senator Simcha Felder, Assemblyman Simcha Eichenstein and Councilman Kalman Yeger stood with small business owners to announce the Save Our Stores Act. Proposed in the State Legislature and City Council amid ongoing lockdowns and excessive fines in red zones, the legislation would waive payment of fines and penalties incurred during the Covid-19 state of emergency. “We will not be complicit in the pillaging of New York’s hardworking small business owners. Months of lock down brought our small businesses to the brink of extinction. These exorbitant fines will be the last nail in the coffin. They don’t deserve this punishment. Their only sin is a desire to work when government policy is determined to bankrupt them. Red-zone businesses cannot become collateral damage in our fight against Covid. We have a responsibility to do everything in our power to save New York’s small business owners from any additional burdens during these exceptional times, and forgive these senseless Covid-related fines immediately. The legislation my colleagues and I are proposing is an SOS to save our stores,” said Senator Felder. “As small businesses were on the verge of bankruptcy, New York City decided to harass and unjustly issue summonses and fines while big box chain stores were allowed to thrive,” said Assemblyman Simcha Eichenstein. “It’s a sad day when our own government delivers a fatal blow to business owners who are about to lose it all. This legislation is a step forward in doing right by our small business owners and perhaps can help them get back on their feet and focus on reopening their businesses as they just try to make an honest living.” “Senator Felder’s legislation is exactly the right step towards achieving justice for our overburdened community businesses,” said Councilman Kalman Yeger. “Over the last few weeks, it has become so obvious that our community is being targeted with enforcement unseen anywhere else in New York. Dozens of Quota Agents from the alphabet-soup of agencies have descended on our neighborhood, not to educate businesses how to better comply with ever-changing rules, but rather to issue onerous – and many times, false – violations. The only way to address these summonses is through legislation that will zero out the penalties.” 


    Vues Master’s Note: If you don’t have enough votes to override Cuomo and Deblasio it is a bracha Levatalah and another stunt to try to get your votes by doing nothing!



    Dear Vues Master: 

    You stated in your column that chicken eggs can be fertilized by exposure to heat. Can you explain how that happens without the sperm of a rooster? 


    Vues Master’s Note: I am not sure if he meant fertilized but more so in the fact that an egg can be created with heat and without a roodter. The egg will never hatch into a chicken! 



    Dear Vues Master: 

    Why was a mishaberach put on the front of the paper recently for Trump to win the election? A Mishaberach should be in times of sickness and really dire circumstances for yiddim and not for non jews. By doing this you defame the Brocha. 


    Vues Master’s Note: I guess you are not familiar with the Frman communities who make a Mi ShBerach for the ruler of their Land every Shabbos!