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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: 

    A father telephoned his son in South Africa.“Stanley,” he said, “I have something I need to tell you. I’m divorcing your mother.” “What are you talking about?” Stanley responded, “You and mom have been married for close to 50 years. What happened?” I don’t want to discuss it on the phone,” his father said. “Its too painful. Please tell your sister. I don’t know how to tell her.” “Dad, don’t do anything rash. Next week is Passover. I’ll fly in to New York and have sis come with me. Promise you won’t do anything until we get there.” The father promised that he won’t do anything until after יום טוב .Within an hour his daughter called and told him she was coming as well, making him repeat his promise that he would not do anything until they have a chance to speak in person. After hanging up the phone, he turned to his wife and said “It worked! They’re coming for the סדרים .Now, how are we going to get them to come for ראש “?השנה 


    Vues Master’s Note: I guess some people have a hard time! 



    Dear Vues Master: 

    President Biden says to new admin staff: “I’m not joking when I say this: if you ever work with me and I hear you treat another colleague with disrespect, talk down to someone, I will fire you on the spot.” Should he be fired? 


    Vues Master’s Note: No but maybe he should be impeached. What gives him the right to threaten and to act as if he is a school teacher of children. The old man needs to get his marbles checked. 



    Dear Vues Master: 

    The ד:א“ח יעקב שבות has a תשובה regarding Siamese twins. The first assumption he makes is that a Siamese twin is not what the Gemoro ז“ל מנחות is referring to of a person with two heads. A Siamese twin (2 bodies attached) is considered like two separate people and therefore, 1) Each one needs to put on Tefillin on his head 2) They are יורש) inherit) two parts (2 sons ) 3) They may not get married, 4) If one of them is a male & the other a female the father was ‘ורבי פריה מצות מקיים. 5) One of them is לחליצה כשר) .preferably the one on the right side) 6) If it was a firstborn with headfirst & both heads born together then the father must give to the כהן ten סלעים instead of five .סלעים Hence, for the כהן” ,two heads are better than one” 


    Vues Master’s Note: I’ll take the under on this bet. Most children are born with one head. Barely! My father always told me that it is a good thing my head is attached otherwise I would lose it and spend most of my life looking for it! 



    Dear Vues Master: 

    The new director of the CDC, Rochelle Walensky, said Thursday that the Covid-19 vaccine would not be widely available by late February as the Trump administration previously said Here we go Sleepy Joe sleeping on the job 


    Vues Master’s Note: 

    The best part about this is that Biden will blame Trump for his shortcomings and take credit for the vaccine which he had nothing to do with other than the fact that by summer we should have three hundred Americans Vaccinated! You can’t make this stuff up he can’t even read from a teleprompter!  



    Dear Vues Master: 


    Federal judge in Seattle denies social media site Parler’s request for order forcing Amazon to keep hosting its service. There goes free speech we are like China and Russia 


    Vues Master’s Note: What do you expect from the left who can’t debate their points as they have no merit so instead they shut down all Right points of view on Social Media. Don’t you dare say the election was stolen that might be worse than shouting Fire! In a movie theater! 



    Dear Vues Master: 

    Rosie went to see the doctor for her annual physical. “Doctor, I’m feeling awful,” she said. “Just look at me. My eyes are bulging from their sockets. My hair is thinning and falling out. My face is all wrinkled. I look like death itself. What’s wrong with me?” The doctor examines Rosie and tells her “I’ve got bad news and good news. The bad news is that age is taking its toll. The good news is that there is nothing wrong with your eyesight.” 


    Vues Master’s Note: I think that the Doctor had some bad bedside manner. Seems like he is discriminating based on age! Rosie can identify herself as a young girl! 



    Dear Vues Master: 

    והיה לאות על ידכה ולטוטפת בין עיניך שמות י“ג:ט“ז כל הקורא ק“ש בלא תפילין כאילו מעיד עדות שקר בעצמו ברכות י“ד ע“ב When the Chasam Sofer learned with his תלמידים Parshas בא and Parshas ואתחנן he made sure to wear his Tefillin*. 


    Vues Master’s Note: I would teach that parsha on Shabbos thereby not having a problem! This could complicate things if you want to read Shema before the zman but won’t daven till later. 



    Dear Vues Master: 

    Leader Stewart-Cousins Announces NYS Senate Committee Assignments: Senator Felder Appointed to Committees Overseeing Education, Seniors & Individuals with Special Needs State Senator Simcha Felder (DBrooklyn) has been appointed to committees that include areas of longtime advocacy and local community interest. Senator Felder will serve on the following Senate Committees: 

    • NYC Education; 
    • Aging; 
    • Mental Health; 
    • Disabilities; and 
    • Social Services Committees. 

    “These committees represent issues of major interest to the people in the 17th Senate District,” said Senator Felder. “Seniors, Students and Individuals with Special Needs are among the hardest hit by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and I look forward to working with my colleagues to provide the help and support they deserve.” Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said, “Senator Felder brings an important perspective and experience to our Majority and to the Committees on which he serves. I am proud to reappoint Senator Felder as Chair of the Senate Administrative Regulations Review Commission so that he can continue the good work he did during the past Legislative Session. As a member of the Senate Democratic Majority, Senator Felder is helping to move New York State forward through this pandemic and economic crisis.” “I thank Leader Stewart-Cousins for her confidence in me,” concluded Senator Felder. “As part of these prestigious committees I can best advocate on behalf of my constituents, and all New Yorkers, on so many important issues.” Effectively acting as the legislature’s watchdog, ARRC is responsible for monitoring the rules and regulatory actions of all State agencies to ensure their efficacy and legality. As the Commission’s Chairman, Senator Felder is in a powerful position to combat regulations that hinder the economic growth and health of communities, businesses and all New Yorkers. 


    Vues Master’s Note: Now if you could only help our Yeshivas from this anti-semitic onslaught of the Department of Education who feels compelled to restructure our Yeshiva Education after all they can’t do anything in the Public School system since you have the teachers Union. I think all Rebbeim and teachers should threaten to join the teachers union and maybe the Board of Ed will leave us alone! 



    Dear Vues Master: 

    Last week was President Biden’s first week on the job. Republicans should work with him on policies that will benefit Americans and fight against policies that will damage Americans. Last week, Biden commenced his administration with a series of executive orders that are against common sense. First, Biden re-entered the US into the Paris Climate Accord. The PCA would cost America 6.5 million jobs and 3 trillion dollars, according to some studies. The PCA also would not even lower the temperature majorly. According to Dr. Bjorn Lomburg, even if the world fulfilled its obligations by 2030, the temperature would only go down .3 Fahrenheit. There are alternative ways to sustain our environment with new technology and nuclear energy, but the Biden Administration is enacting policies that satisfy radical environmentalists instead of middle-class Americans. Biden also thought that it is essential that trans women play in women’s sports competitions when studies like SpringerLink have concluded that trans women have advantages over biological women in sports since they are biologically male. Biden also ended the Keystone Pipeline costing 1000 jobs with more to be lost in the future. From putting America back into an agreement that favors China to ending thousands of jobs, Biden is doing the exact opposite of America First. The MAGA Republican Party should not only oppose policies but also propose their own ideas. We need proposals like Matt Gaetz’s Green Real Deal promoting business innovation and technology to combat climate change. If the Republican Party can be a Party that opposes bad proposals while also promoting good ones, then our future is bright!! 

    Sincerely, D S G 

    Vues Master’s Note: Sorry can’t work with the left! That would show we legitimize some of their drivel and nonsense! 



    Dear Vues Master: 

    The question has been presented to many rabbis. Is there a Tefillah that one should recite when receiving the Covid-19 vaccine? The answer is yes. Indeed it is the same prayer that one should recite before any medical procedure (or taking medicine). The Talmud (Berachot 60 A) lists a number of prayers that one should say in various situations. One of those prayers is to be recited prior to what was a standard medical procedure in those days known as ‘Hakazat Dam” (letting of blood). The text of the prayer is as follows: יהי רצון מלפניך יי‘ א-להי שיהא עסק זה it May לי לרפואה כי רופא חינם אתה be desirous before You, Ad-onoy my G-d, that this activity should be healing for me, for You are a Free Healer. Upon completion of the procedure one should recite: חולים רופא ברוך Blessed is the Healer of the sick. Rambam cites this as practical Halacha (Berachot 10:21), as does Shulchan Aruch (OC 230:4). It is obvious that the Talmud’s example of Hakazat Dam is but a common instance and that the prayer should be recited before any medical procedure or taking medicine (Mishna Brura 230:6). A very strong case can be made that upon receiving notification of the vaccine becoming available to you or notification of your appointment to receive the vaccine that you should recite the Hatov V’Hameitiv blessing, which is the blessing recited upon receiving good news that affects you and others (OC 222:1). During one of my visits to Israel I had the opportunity to accompany my daughter to a well-baby visit to the clinic for one of my grandchildren at which time a vaccination was to be administered. When the time for the vaccination came the nurse began to run down a checklist of instructions and procedures given to the parent. She went down the list – hold the child this way, move your seat this way, roll up the sleeve, and without missing a beat the nurse pointed to a placard on the wall and instructed my daughter to recite the above prayer. For Jews, that is one of the standard instructions and steps for a routine or not-so-routine medical procedure (and it is reason #38 that Israel is a Jewish country and our home, where we all belong). Of course there are many other opportunities to pray to HaShem for health and healing, starting with the blessing for healing in the Shmoneh Esray 3 times a day, together with opportunities to thank and praise HaShem for His abundant kindness and blessings (Mizmor L’Todah, Modim, Modeh Ani etc..) May it be HaShem’s will that the vaccines and other therapeutics bring an end to this horrible pandemic and that He send healing and strength to all those afflicted with Covid-19 and any other illness. 

    RDW (Rabbi W from Pittsburgh, PA) 

    Vues Master’s Note: May we all merit to say Boruch Rofe Cholim when all sickness will be healed!



    Dear Vues Master: 

    Master People should be supporting their local heimishe barbershops. On Nostrand Avenue between Ave. J and K there is a heimishe barbershop called Ben’s Haircuts that has been in business for over twelve years. Just one month ago two doors down from Ben’s another barbershop announced its opening. This line of business has always been a difficult one to earn a decent living from, especially now during covid. I have been going to Rephael at Ben’s for at least five years now & he is a really nice guy, who gives a great haircut. I’m worried for him & I want him to succeed. The Rambam famously writes that the highest form of tzedakah is by helping another Jew have a living, so he won’t need to beg for tzedakah. Certainly, by supporting a local Jewish barber, you are fulfilling that dictum. By doing so, your visit to the barber is no longer just a regular haircut. It’s a Heilige haircut! 

    Please support Ben’s Haircuts! 

    Vues Master’s Note: We should all be supporting our own and not look to “cut” corners. Our brothers are now in a “hairy” situation with all the lockdowns! It would be “barbairian” of us not to help our brothers in need! Remember this is a Halacha! 



    Dear Vues Master: 

    Don’t be like Pharaoh and forget Trump. Everyone agrees with Rabbi Goldberg that what happened at the Capital was inexcusable; however, it’s more inexcusable to promulgate a lie. There has yet to be one person to say it was justified so who are you chastising? Your whole speech doesn’t have legs to stand on because the left and the never Trumpers are crying wolf and making a strawman in order to cast aspersion on a great president. Rudy Giuliani has evidence that antifa broke into the Capitol. This should go down in history as the great distraction as 14 hours of anticipated debate on election fraud was suppressed. Don’t add to what the left are saying unless you subscribe to Joseph Goebbels, who said, “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.” Remember that Pharaoh’s downfall was a result of forgetting about Yosef so don’t not forget about Trump who did a great job and with his hands tied behind his back. 


    Vues Master’s Note: But that is not what CNN and Twitter are telling us. Oh they are vensoring the truth! Therefore no one is rallying behind Trump! 



    Dear Vues Master: 

    Is the new administration heavy on PR? There is an announced goal of administering 100 mln people in 100 days (first dose, I believe). Note on 1/15, US already administered 1.1 mln doses and trajectory is increasing with average 0.2 mln more doses every day for the last 10 days. Is this a purposely low goal to then beat expectations, combined with denigrating previous efforts? I am genuinely puzzled and looking for good answers. 


    Vues Master’s Note: I feel that the Biden administration follows his lead and they have no clue about numbers. Listen to that moron Biden speak about statistics and you feel bad for making fun of an old man. But since he is affecting us with his executive orders it must be done. It makes sense that a person who can’t do simple math can’t differentiate between genders! 



    Dear Vues Master: Who started the attack on the US Capitol?!? Was it the Wild American Trump supporters or was it the Radical Left to make us Conservatives look bad?!? I’m Not going to discuss this – until you watch yesterday’s “Flashpoint”. Let me ask you Libs here and everywhere – What would you do if you lived in a Commy Country and you didn’t want to Expose All Corruption?!? Would you say, with your Propaganda Media, that Trump couldn’t win against Hillary, month after month? Would you then investigate Trump for 3 years because of “Russian Collusion”? Btw, there wasn’t any. The Next election comes around and the population still supports this guy Trump. Would you then Rig the election?!? Would you then make a diversion on the Day that Members of Congress are going to Expose the Fraud that occurred during the Presidential Election?!? Because our Judicial System Failed?!? Namely Attacking the Legislative Body – of where this was Going On. 


    Vues Master’s Note: Be careful the FBI may come after you for spewing against the left! 



    Dear Vues Master: 

    If our community’s current behaviour continues through Purim, it is an absolute certainty that thousands will die as a result. Now is the time for us, the regular people who normally try and keep our heads down, to stand up and demand that our Rabbonim and community leaders come out unequivocally to say that Purim MUST be different this year. No big parties, no seudos with multiple families, no shpielers going from door to door, no shouting and singing in Shul. We cannot claim ignorance like we did last Purim when no one knew Covid was amongst us. So far, there has been absolute silence from our leaders. 


    Vues Master’s Note: Everyone should consult his or her Rov! You can’t make a blanket statement that our leaders are quiet. I have heard from many and they vary. If you are a Rov I would accept what you are saying but since you are not then I think you should discuss with your Rov and maybe write a Kol Koreh and see who signs it. But expect an opposite Kol Koreh to come out! There are Rabbonim ready to sign for either side.