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    Dear Vues Master:

    Jewish Music Superstar Ari Goldwag posted on his facebook page a
    question this past Sunday that I thought was very interesting. He
    asked how often do you find YouTube ads to be immodest or out of line
    with your religious sensitivities?  He writes”  I’m just dealing with
    my spiritual responsibility which seems to me that I give up the money
    and not put any YouTube ads in front of my audience… not a simple
    choice. I was just curious what people’s experience is.” Ari, as most
    popular people on social media get revenue from different social media
    outlets, if they leave the ads in. Ari wanted to see what his fans
    think? He is finding that the ads being placed these days on these
    outlets are getting much worse. What do you think?


    Vues Master’s  Note: Hard to answer. His concern is valid. I would
    suggest an ad blocker and maybe pay for premium so you don’t get
    bombarded with ads.



    Dear Vues Master:

    Perhaps your next issue will include the Talmudic support for not
    certifying recreational marijuana while certifying marijuana laced
    cakes, candy and soft drinks.  Is it because eating falls under the
    category of pikuach nefesh but recreation does not not (proof:
    certification is not provided to venues with mixed dancing or kol

    Certification or not doesn’t matter to me and it obviously doesn’t
    matter to the many people who smoke cigarettes, so why would marijuana
    be any different?  Is this the way we should be dealing with this as a
    community? Isn’t there a bigger moral/medical issue that the OU and
    the rabbinate should be dealing with?  It’s crazy to think that the
    right question to ask at this time is, does marijuana need a
    hashgacha?    If we add a label to guns that says “not to be used on
    Shabbos” would that make them ok?

    This stuff drives me crazy!   The disclaimer at the end of the article
    indicates that you agree — welcome to my world 🙂


    Vues Master’s  Note: Wait! Lemme pull out my cigarette and stop
    chewing my CBD and look up this question. I am sure that these things
    are not good for me as are sugary foods and salty foods and they all
    are certified. Don’t blame the certifier for giving hashgacha on stuff
    that is your weakness. Just remember we can’t protect you from


    Dear Vues Master:

    The last letter in last week’s SYV written by SO was so correcto as
    Spanish is a “good bridge to French, Italian, and Portuguese”, despite
    the humorous Editor‘s Note that “a person who only speaks one language
    is American!”.

    Nevertheless, if one really wants “the brain [to] adapt to even more
    languages” from a young age, then Mandarin Chinese may just be the way
    to go.

    As Barry Farber writes in his book How To Learn Any Language, “Chinese
    [Mandarin] is actually more of a life involvement than a language you
    choose to study.”

    In the United States, Spanish has clearly been the country’s second
    language for a long time with no clear “third language”. But in recent
    years here in NYC, the usual English-Spanish bilingual signs on
    subways and elsewhere seem to have become trilingual, with Chinese the
    most common third language.

    [Unfortunately, the Chinese is almost always written using Chinese
    characters, thus making learning speaking in Mandarin a distant third
    language to Spanish.(With its (almost) entirely the same alphabet as
    English, Spanish is relatively easy to read and speak.) Practically
    all non-Chinese persons learn to read Chinese and speak Mandarin by
    way of the pin-yin (“spell-sound”) transliteration system, which
    approximates sounds with ordinary English-alphabet spelling along with
    diacritical marks (representing tones), somewhat similar to the nikud
    marks used in reading Modern Hebrew.]


    Vues Master’s  Note: Sounds lik Greek to me.


    Dear Vues Master:

    Hope you are well.

    Please consider the following blurb for consideration to be published
    in your fine publication.


    Humorist Alan Magill has begun offering a Zoom talk entitled “Delights
    of the Torah” on Thursdays from 11;30 a.m. to Noon.  If you just want
    to hear the opening joke, tune in to the beginning, but if you stick
    around longer you will see how Magill uses his humor to tie into Torah
    thoughts.  He will also share inspirational stories related to the
    Torah portion of the week and Pirkei Avos.

    Mr. Magill has organized a Pirkei shiur for Ladies for the last 14
    years at Congregation Tomchei Torah and has written extensively in
    Jewish publications, including a recent inspirational article in
    Jewish Vues about a lost email and a tremendous act of kindness from a
    96 year old woman.

    His first “Delights of the Torah” program concluded with Magill saying
    the following: “Right after I got married I brought in what I hoped to
    be a special treat to the residents of the nursing home I worked at.
    When I got off the elevator on the third floor I saw my 96 year old
    friend Esther there and I said to her, “Great news!  I brought in my
    wedding pictures.!”  She said, “Wonderful,” and then added, “Is your
    wife here.”   When I told her “No,” she asked with concern, “Why not?”
     I answered, “She has to work.”  Without missing a beat she said,
    “Sure.  She has to work and you run around showing pictures!”  Also
    included in the talk was a way to get out of a sad mood.  “Don’t put
    your focus entirely on what you are going through.  Look out at the
    world and relate with people.”  Magill cited as an example of this how
    Yosef was thrown into a pit by his brothers, then sold into slavery
    and then put into prison in Mitzrayim because of baseless accusations
    of his master’s wife, Potiphar.   Rather than sit in the jail
    depressed with his head down. Yosef looked up and saw that perfect
    strangers, Pharoah’s Baker and Cupbearer. were looking sad.  He asked
    them what was bothering them, and that simple question was the
    beginning of what was to be his salvation.

    This zoom program is sponsored by Ateret Avot Senior Home, where
    Magill is director of Programming.

    To listen or watch this Thursday morning 11:30 a.m. program,, email
    Alan Magill at pr2hope@aol.com and he will send you the link.


    Vues Master’s  Note: Thanks for sharing but I am not so tech savvy can
    I call I on the phone?

                SINAS CHINAM

    Dear Vues Master:

    One man asked another to explain what Sinas Chinam is. He explained:
    “If you hear that someone won a million dollars and this resulted in
    your having Sinah towards him, but he actually won only $500,000, it
    means that you had Sinas Chinam for the $500,000 that he didn’t win.”


    Vues Master’s  Note: I would say that if I hate on this letter writer
    that would not be sinas chinam! Lol just kidding. Thanks for sharing.


    Dear Vues Master:

    The other day I was in a doctor’s office and while I was waiting I saw
    a boy of maybe 16 years old come in. Right away he started playing on
    his phone. Even while the doctor was working on him he was still on
    his phone. What is going on? Is this what today’s yeshiva bochurim are
    doing all day. When are people going to learn to stop? Do young kids
    need any cellphone let alone a smartphone? They can’t get off of it.
    Let’s hope that one day they will recover.


    Vues Master’s  Note: Well if the adults are doing the same so they
    learn from the Adults. I guess we need to look at ourselves first!



    Dear Vues Master:

    Song by YTV Hadlaka Lag B’omer

         [Tune Neshama Carelbach Niggun]

    I’m Jumping Higher

    Than the Fire

    B’seyata D’Shmaya

    Bonim LaMokom

    In Kensington

    With Rav Shimon

    In Meron

    Come Back Home

    You’re not Alone

    Please Leave Home

    Your Smartphone

    No Corona-on Lag B’Omer!


    Vues Master’s  Note:! Don’t know that tune. Send us a clip of the music.


    Dear Vues Master:

                       Red Light Green Light 1-2-3

    Beware of the many cameras that are being installed giving tickets for
    speeding, red lights and Stop signs. All along 14th ave you have to
    come to a full stop. There are cameras on Ocean pkwy. I received a
    speeding ticket for going 37mph on Ocean Pkwy and Elmwood ave. I was
    surprised that the speed limit is only 25mph!. School Zone! They look
    out for you on Ave M and Dahill Rd, 19th ave & 52nd st, 47th st & 19th
    ave etc. I once got stopped and told the cop; “I was going too slow”.
    He let me go! The truth is that I slow down by green lights, since I
    see so many people crossing with their kids or baby carriages & not
    looking while talking on their cell phones!


    Vues Master’s  Note: The city needs money so they can defund all of
    us. Liberal style since you have a car that is like w### privilege so
    give up your money. I call this legalized looting.



    Dear Vues Master:

    I have to stop saying “how stupid can you be ” some people are taking
    it as a challenge


    Vues Master’s  Note: This is not a joke. I know plenty of people who
    rose to this challenge!


    Dear Vues Master:

    Israel had high hopes of winning a medal when it competed in the
    slalom race at the last Olympics. In a trial run, Uri, the Israeli
    entrant, was the fastest skier passing through the 20 gates.
    Conditions were perfect on the day of the finals. The crowd waited
    with great excitement. The Swiss skier was clocked at 56 seconds. The
    Frenchman sped down in 55.8 seconds and the American came in at 55.5
    seconds. Then came Uri’s turn. The crowd waited and waited. Finally,
    after a minute and 49 seconds, he crossed the finish line. “What
    happened,” his disappointed coach asked. Uri responded: “Which one of
    those גויים put a mezuzah on each gate?”


    Vues Master’s  Note: Tell him that in a lot of places they don’t kiss
    the Mezuzah. He probably was listening to Acapella which slowed him
    down also..

                REFUGEE SOLUTION

    Dear Vues Master:

    As published in the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles – April 20, 2021

    A Refugee Solution for Biden — From 1944

    by Rafael Medoff

     In the span of a single day, the Biden administration announced that
    it would not increase this year’s cap on refugee admissions from
    15,000 — then promptly reversed its position.  The administration’s
    flip-flop has ignited protests from both liberal refugee advocates,
    who hope the new president will adopt a more generous policy, and
    conservatives, who want to maintain the low number established by
    President Trump.

     But whether the refugee cap is increased to 125,000 annually, as
    President Biden originally promised in February, or kept at the 15,000
    level set by his predecessor, or ends up somewhere in between — as now
    seems likely — America’s policy of admitting refugees remains
    inadequate for meeting the human rights challenges of our era. Perhaps
    the time has come for a new approach — one based on a proposal first
    made in 1943-44.

     Current U.S. and international law define a refugee as someone who is
    compelled to leave their country “because of persecution or a
    well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion,
    nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political
    opinion.” Refugee admissions are processed separately from regular

     Since 1980, the annual maximum number of people admitted as refugees
    has been set by the president. In most years, it has ranged between
    50,000 and 100,000. This policy is consistent with America’s noble
    tradition of welcoming the oppressed, and it stands in welcome
    contrast to U.S. policy in the 1930s and 1940s, when President
    Franklin D. Roosevelt shut America’s doors to most Jews fleeing the

     But the current system is not an adequate response to large-scale
    human rights emergencies. The vetting process for refugees typically
    takes years, and the number admitted almost certainly would fall short
    in a crisis involving mass atrocities. To make matters worse, each
    year’s presidential determination usually includes limits on the
    number of refugees admitted from specific regions of the world,
    without any way of knowing, in advance, where the need will be

     Even when the number of refugees to be admitted each year has been
    only in the tens of thousands, there has been backlash from those who
    claim that financial or social conditions in the U.S. should preclude
    greater refugee admissions. Some opponents even see the entry of
    refugees as a plot to “replace” American voters with foreigners.

     President Biden’s fear of such backlash reportedly contributed to the
    administration’s slide from his initial promise of 125,000 — made in a
    presidential address on February 4 — to 62,500 in a State Department
    memorandum a week later, to 15,000 last week.

     History offers a bipartisan alternative to constant public
    controversies and policy reversals.

     At the end of 1942, the Allies publicly confirmed that the Nazis’
    killings of Jews in occupied Europe were not random wartime atrocities
    but rather a “bestial policy of cold-blood extermination.” In mass
    shootings, then in gas chambers in death camps, the Germans and their
    collaborators were carrying out the systematic slaughter of millions
    of innocent Jews.

     In the months to follow, American Jewish organizations and other
    refugee advocates began promoting a novel idea — that the Allies
    should create “temporary sanctuaries” in the United States and
    elsewhere, where European Jews could stay until the end of the war.

     The campaign picked up important bipartisan momentum in the autumn of
    1943. The presidents of the National Democratic Club and the National
    Republic Club called for allowing the entry of anyone seeking “to
    avoid religious persecution” for the duration of the war.
    Representative Samuel Dickstein (D-NY) introduced a resolution urging
    temporary haven in the United States for all victims of Nazi
    persecution. In the Senate, W. Warren Barbour (R-NJ) proposed
    admitting 100,000 refugees from Nazism until the end of the war.

     A key flip-flop by President Roosevelt moved the proposal closer to
    reality. Until the end of 1943, FDR’s position was that nothing could
    be done to rescue European Jews except to win the war. But under
    strong pressure from Congress, the Treasury Department and Jewish
    groups, FDR belatedly reversed course and, in January 1944, agreed to
    create a new government agency, the War Refugee Board–to rescue the
    very people he had claimed couldn’t be rescued.

     One of the first proposals made to the president by the Board, in
    early 1944, was to create “temporary havens of refuge” in the United
    States for Jews fleeing Hitler. “It is essential that we and our
    allies convince the world of our sincerity and our willingness to bear
    our share of the burden,” Josiah E. DuBois, Jr., one of the leaders of
    the Board, argued. Even if those admitted were treated no differently
    from prisoners of war, “it would be better to treat the Jews as
    prisoners of war than to let them die.”

     Leading Democrats and Republicans lined up in support of the War
    Refugee Board’s proposal, as did numerous labor unions, religious
    bodies and important voices in the media. Syndicated columnist Samuel
    Grafton coined the term “Free Ports for Refugees.” “A ‘free port’ is a
    small bit of land… into which foreign goods may be brought without
    paying customs duties… for temporary storage,” Grafton explained. “Why
    couldn’t we have a system of free ports for refugees fleeing the
    Hitler terror?… We do it for cases of beans… it should not be
    impossible to do it for people.”

     There were opponents of the proposal, of course — Secretary of War
    Henry Stimson, for example. He believed Jewish refugees were
    “unassimilable” and would negatively affect America’s “racial stock.”

     The White House privately commissioned a Gallup poll to gauge public
    opinion on the issue. The results were startling. The American public,
    which by wide margins had long opposed additional immigration, now
    favored giving “temporary protection and refuge” to European Jewish
    refugees by 70% to 23%. The difference between temporary and permanent
    admission seems to have been the most important factor in bringing
    about this dramatic shift in public opinion. Foreigners who would stay
    for the duration of the war, and would reside in special facilities,
    were not perceived by the public as posing a threat to America’s
    economy or culture.

     Sadly, however, President Roosevelt agreed to admit just one group of
    982 refugees. They arrived in August 1944 and were housed in an
    abandoned army camp in upstate New York. The Washington Post, in an
    editorial, decried the paltry number admitted as “a drop in the bucket
    compared with the needs.”

     But America, today, can do better. Instead of basing all admission of
    refugees on the principle that their stay will be permanent, temporary
    havens would offer a supplemental option for those in need of
    immediate protection. This would go considerably beyond current U.S.
    policy, under which “Temporary Protected Status” may be granted to
    individuals who have already reached the United States on their own.
    Temporary havens, by contrast, would specifically contribute to mass
    rescue from state-sponsored persecution, with the refugees brought to
    the United States until it is safe for them to go home. Such a policy
    would be based not on arbitrary numerical caps and regional
    limitations but instead on actual refugee crises around the world.

     It’s not a one-size-fits-all solution. In some situations, different
    strategies might be more effective, such as temporary havens in
    countries closer to the scene, or the use of military action against
    the persecutors, as the United States and its allies undertook in the
    Balkans and Libya. Each human rights crisis would have to be evaluated
    on a case-by-case basis to determine if bringing refugees to the
    United States temporarily would be the most helpful approach in those

     And there are aspects to this policy that would need to be ironed
    out, such as who would bear the cost for transporting the refugees;
    where the refugees would reside; how long refugees would be allowed to
    stay in the United States in the event of a protracted crisis in their
    native country; and how their employment options and freedom of
    movement would be defined.

     Those details can be resolved if we start talking about them now,
    instead of waiting until the next genocide is already underway. As the
    Holocaust and subsequent genocides have demonstrated, there always
    seems to be another mass human rights crisis just around the corner.
    Let’s get ahead of the curve by coming up with an innovative refugee
    policy, such as temporary havens, that will truly reflect American’s
    humanitarian values.


    Vues Master’s  Note: The quota is unnecessary as it is smarter for
    them to come in as illegal aliens. No Taxes. Free health insurance
    etc. I am ready to denounce my citizenship as illegal aliens or
    undocumented citizens get a better life!!


    Dear Vues Master:


    (Albany, New York) — Senators Simcha Felder and Todd Kaminsky secured
    $55,000 for Ohel Children’s Home and Family Services in this year’s
    state budget, as well as the full restoration of planned funding cuts
    from the State’s Office of People With Developmental Disabilities
    (OPWDD) for reimbursements to group homes and other organizations that
    provide services to New Yorkers.

    “I am delighted to work together with Senator Kaminsky to support
    OHEL. A trusted name for decades, OHEL is often the first call in a
    crisis. During this very difficult time, we are so grateful for their
    work. I am very pleased that we were able to restore the OPWDD funding
    that is vital to the care and well being of people with special needs.
    With these funds OHEL will continue to help so many New Yorkers in
    need,” said Senator Felder.

    “New Yorkers with developmental disabilities deserve first-rate care —
    and Ohel provides that and more,” said Senator Kaminsky. “Working with
    Senator Felder, I was proud to secure $55,000 in funding for Ohel in
    this year’s state budget and am confident it will go to good use
    furthering the many services the organization provides for children
    and families. In addition, we also fully restored proposed cuts to
    services for differently-abled individuals and will continue to stand
    up for the most vulnerable residents of our state.”

    “This welcome support from the state brings Ohel some much needed
    relief from the continuing new costs we’ve encountered in the past
    year during the pandemic.” said David Mandel, CEO of Ohel Children’s
    Home and Family Services. “We thank Senators Todd Kaminsky and Simcha
    Felder for their steadfast support of our organization’s work as well
    as for securing this grant in the state budget.”

    This year’s state budget included a proposed 23 percent cut in funding
    for care coordinator organization services for individuals with
    developmental and intellectual disabilities. Kaminsky and Felder
    fought for a full restoration of this funding to support New York’s
    vulnerable populations.

    Ohel Children’s Home and Family Services provides an array of social
    services in New York City and Long Island, including foster care,
    mental health counseling, residential and outpatient care for
    individuals with developmental disabilities, older adult services, and
    Camp Kaylie — a fully-integrated sleepaway camp for children with and
    without disabilities. The grant funding secured by Felder and Kaminsky
    will go toward the non-profit organization’s work supporting children
    and families in need.


    Vues Master’s  Note: Finally some good news. It is so sad how the
    taxes keep on going up and the fees of speeding and red light cameras
    hit us every minute but there are no benefits at least here we get
    something out of it.


                NEXT FOR AUTISM

    Dear Vues Master:

    I read in the new issue of the Vues that Next for Autism is doing more
    harm than good. I recently sent them a check, since a friend
    recommended it. Do you think I should try to get my money back?


    Vues Master’s  Note: Do you think you even have a chance? No one will
    give you back money. I don’t know anything about this organization so
    I don’t know if it does good? I would check with people in the know
    not just read it from a letrter to the Vues Master!


    Dear Vues Master:

    Harav Hagaon R.Y.S. ELYASHIV ZT”L the פוסק הדור
    was very much aware of,

    1) The ספרים הקדושים who write about all the השפעות טובות
    that comes down by being Lag Baomer in Meron.

    2) All the Gedolim of the past and present who traveled to
    Meron for Lag Baomer.

    3) The hundreds of thousands of Yidden who get
    inspiration & Chizuk in Meron on Lag Baomer.

    4) The thousands of ישועות & מופתים that happen every
    year to those who travel to Meron for Lag Baomer.

    5) All the Kabbalists, Rebbes, Talmidei Chachamim,
    Chasidim who all disagree with him.

    YET, HE HELD,  דעת תורה  IS TO LEARN & NOT


    Vues Master’s  Note: For him a person that never stopped learning it
    was not apropos but what about people who are not such masmidim?
    Perhaps if it will inspire them then they should go. Reb Elyashiv
    never stopped anyone from going, just said that the best would be to