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    Dear Editor:

    I enjoyed your 3 dinner guest question very much. My entire family
    went around the Shabbos table this past Friday night & everyone said
    their 3 guests that they would invite. I think the answer is obvious.
    I would invite the biggest Reshaim in history. Like Amalek, Haman &
    Hitler & poison their food. Do you think that’s a good answer?
    Mutty from Ave M Bagels

    Editor’s Note: That would be a big risk as we know what ended up
    happening to Besueil.


    Dear Editor:

    I don’t know if you noticed but recently there was a new pizza store
    that opened up on Ave K and Nostrand Avenue. I hear that there is
    going to be another pizza store opening in the old location of That
    Sushi Spot on Nostrand Avenue. There are 6 milchig /pizza stores
    already in the area. What ever happened to hasagas gevul? The old
    answer in Brooklyn was that there was enough business for everybody. I
    don’t think the high 20s and 30s can afford 8 pizza/milchig stores in
    a 5 block radius. Do you think that this is fair? Shouldn’t the local
    rabbis get involved and say it’s hasagas gevul?
    A local, worried Pizza store owner

    Editor’s Note: It is interesting that people scream hasagas gevul only
    when they were first, but if they did it years ago to someone else
    that is OK. I believe that since we have an open, competitive system
    the ones that are open the longest can withstand any competition.


    Dear Editor:

    I LOVED Ari Hirsch’s article about Sandy Koufax, Abie Rotenberg & Benny
    Friedman. When my family read last week’s fun question answers, we
    thought that there was a mistake, the fact that both Benny Friedman &
    Abie Rotenberg had the same answers. When we read the article and read
    what Reb Dovid Feinstein shlita said, we were blown away. We love The
    Jewish Vues. Keep up the good work!
    Shlomie Newhouse from Flatbush

    Editor’s Note: Thanks for your kind words. It is always refreshing
    when people comment on our articles.


    Dear Editor:

    I don’t know how heimishe people can complain about using live chickens
    for Kaparos. Do they know anything about the Avodah on Yom Kippur &
    Rosh Hashana? When the Beis Hamikdash was around we would schecht all
    different types of animals all day long. What was karbanos?
    Bracha Ciment from Boro Park

    Editor’s Note: You are right! A Peta Activist will never understand a Korban.


    Dear Editor:

    With all due respect to my fellow Americans, most of us simply don’t
    seem to know that a “liberal/progressive” is not the same thing as a

    This includes the Democratic Party presidential candidates (such as
    Bernie Sanders) as well as the members of “The Squad” such as
    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar.

    A true “socialist” is someone who wants all of the businesses and
    workplaces to be owned and controlled by “the state” or “the
    government” or “the workers” or “the people” and not by individuals
    and groups of people who run them for profit as we have here in the

    Democrats who want our federal government to spend more on social
    programs to help the lower and middle classes as they struggle to
    survive and pay their bills are not “socialists.”  They are
    “liberals/progessives” who want our market-based capitalist economic
    system to become MORE HUMANE (and not replaced) by having our federal
    government spend more to help the lower and middle classes.

    Let’s use a little common sense here.  How can someone (including
    Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Ilhan Omar) be a true
    “socialist” when they do not advocate for and fight for replacing our
    market-based capitalist economic system with a socialist economic


    Stewart B. Epstein

    P.S. By way of background, I am a retired college professor of
    Sociology, Social Work, and Psychology who very much still enjoys
    helping people as well as informing, teaching, and educating others
    when I believe that I have something to offer to them.  That’s why I
    write these letters.

    I am very proud to have taught at West Virginia University and
    Slippery Rock University.

    NOTE: A “community organizer” challenged my definition of “Democratic
    Socialism”. I simply referred her to Wilkipedia’s definition of it.
    That was the end of the challenge. This just validates what I say in
    the first sentence of this letter.

    Editor’s Note: Who says either are good?


    Dear Editor:

    A small forest of pulpwood has been clear-cut and thousands of
    keystrokes have been exhausted by the indispensable media heralds
    warning us about the looming catastrophe from man-made CO2. While in
    fact the global warming science is rather dubious and legitimate
    skeptics appear to be thinning (according to MIT professor Richard
    Lindzen WSJ Opinion Journal 4/12/06) — intimidated, muzzled and
    shunned if they dare speak up– how can serious debunkers of this new
    junk science get an audience? Well, don’t bother. It doesn’t really

    Unlike some previous hysterical screeds, such as Rachel Carson’s
    Silent Spring, long on deceptive compelling rhetoric but short on
    facts, which actually tolled millions of lives lost to malaria over 35
    years as DDT was banned around the globe, this latest science fiction
    isn’t likely to create such a tragic legacy. Curbing our appetite for
    burning fossil fuels may be a “good thing”. No doubt Martha Stewart

    As hoaxes, deceptions and hyperbole go, this one may be the biggest
    and hardest to shake. Following a pattern from other panics, clever
    entrepreneurs and global corporations alike will make a handsome
    profit, some even obscene, employing the 16th century idiom “a fool
    and his money are soon parted.” Of course government bureaucrats,
    never actually in danger of a recession or natural devastation
    affecting their lifetime employment, will have found another
    justification for tenure.

    Piltdown Man, a spectacular anthropological fossil remains hoax dating
    to 1912, debunked after 40 years of painstaking research, produced a
    generation of amateur archeologists who took up digging anywhere and
    everywhere. Shovel, pickaxe and brush companies had a bonanza. Land
    surveying became the hot new profession while geological surveys
    couldn’t be reprinted fast enough.

    Remember the fears over nuclear annihilation in the 1950s? Fallout
    shelters were the rage in new construction. Jobs for masons
    skyrocketed and the makers of Portland cement and concrete blocks
    couldn’t keep up with demand. Tin can manufacturers put on extra
    shifts to meet the orders from tuna fish and Spam processors, all
    needed for doomsday larders that were certain to come in handy, any
    day now.

    How many of the hundreds of thousands of computer programmers and IT
    geeks would have been on the street if it hadn’t been for the fears of
    a repeat of the Last Days of Pompeii from the dreaded Y2K millennium
    virus? Meanwhile the hardware upgrades and new software firewalls
    contributed several basis points to GDP in 1999. Predictably, as soon
    as dawn broke on the new millennium, it was apparent that the world
    was safe from invading alien bits and bites. Without missing a beat,
    the Y2K consultants quickly retooled for the next end-of-the-world
    scenario, the SARS epidemic, and two years ago, the bird flu pandemic.

    A resurgence in building new nuclear generating capacity could sure
    cure the global warming blues in a hurry and restore the good name to
    an abandoned, disgraced profession. How many nuclear power engineers
    have been in hibernation, living under assumed names, selling
    insurance or working as greeters at WalMart since the last nuke plant
    was built over 30 years ago? It’s time for nuclear power people to
    come out of the closet, restore the luster to a formerly respected
    line of work and rescue the planet.

    Finally, let’s not forget the most important side benefit of the
    global warming circus-keeping Al Gore from another wind mill-tilting
    run at the Oval Office. Who could replace the pure entertainment value
    of his vein-popping, electrified hair, neuro-psychotic ventilations
    rivaling the 1935 hysterical shrieking of Elsa Manchester in the best
    horror film ever, “The Bride of Frankenstein”? And to think we will be
    treated by another one of his can’t-miss performances during the
    upcoming US Senate hearings, Nobel prize acceptance ceremony and the

    Where is the downside from reducing our dependence on oil from the
    Middle East ? Besides, now’s the time to conserve and stockpile coal
    and crude oil for when it will really be needed-the coming ice age-due
    to reduced solar radiation. — which is actually more plausible than
    any manmade climate shift. But that’s another story.

    But what about having to endure the endless intellectual dishonesty
    from the global warming doomsayers? Look, don’t let it ruin a good
    martini. Get over it.

    Yanky J

    Editor’s Note: I say that there will always be a cause that liberals
    will try to force down our throats.


    Dear Editor:

    Many of the private sellers on Amazon are frum Yidden trying to make
    parnossah, including many private label products. Before you leave a
    negative review on a seller or product you should consider the
    consequences of hurting a Yid’s livelihood.
    Unfortunately, some frum sellers are using the review system on Amazon
    not only to dishonestly boost their own sales but to also harm the
    sales of other sellers. My relative sells a non-kosher snack on Amazon
    as a private label product. His main competitor is a heimishe Yid from
    Brooklyn who somehow has many 5 star reviews left by heimisher yidden
    about how great his (non kosher) product tastes. That would be
    dishonest but that’s his cheshbon, now he’s begun leaving 1 star
    reviews on my relative’s non kosher product stating how bad it tastes
    left by heimishe people. Obviously, these are all false reviews left
    by a scam service or WhatsApp group run by frum Yidden that promote &
    destroy Amazon listings by leaving false reviews. Chaim & Moishe
    aren’t buying non kosher snacks on Amazon to snack on, they are buying
    them to leave a bad review & then return the item.
    I’m being dan l’kaf zechus that they don’t realize they are hurting a
    fellow Yid, but even to an Aino Yehudi this is terrible behavior. I
    hope the Yidden engaging in this behavior do Teshuvah & refrain from
    this Hashchosah.

    Noam K

    Editor’s Note: Wow! Here we see the koach of lashon Hora and rechilus
    and motzi shem ra.


    Dear Editor:

    Japan Air Lines just announced that their seat-maps for most
    international flights will show whether a seat had been reserved for
    babies (under 2 yrs) so that other passengers would know in advance
    and plan accordingly since some would prefer not to pay several
    thousand dollars for a 14 hour flight with the possibility of sitting
    next to a crying infant. Perhaps El Al might show the gender of those
    with advanced seat assignments so that all the big tzadikim who delay
    flights because they want their seats changed at the last minute to
    avoid sitting next to a woman might be able to avoid such challenges.
    Aside from possible legal questions for the El Al lawyers and likely
    objections from womens’ rights group, might this type of seat-map
    mitigate the problem? Given how many seats these days are held for
    airport assignment or last minute changes, the idea may be impractical
    and ineffective but the concept was my first thought after reading the
    about the new JAL seat-map format.

    Suri L

    Editor’s Note: Why is what Japan is doing is not against the law? It
    is discriminating against mothers and babies.


    Dear Editor:

    How can we best protest this new tariff soon to go into effect? This
    will impact a great many of us. Don’t dare suggest that we drink
    bourbon or Israel “scotch”.

    Yossi U

    Editor’s Note: Stock up now.


    Dear Editor:

    Guyger’s actions had nothing to do with her profession at the time.
    She was employed by the Dallas Police Department when she killed
    Botham Jean in his own apartment, but she was off-duty and not acting
    as an officer. Saying that an “officer” was held accountable for the
    killing is disingenuous. When a banker goes home after their workday,
    is that person acting as a banker when he or she enters that home? Why
    is this any different? Unfortunately, there is a bias against law
    enforcement that is encouraged by sensationalist headlines.

    Jim Drabos

    Editor’s Note: Anything to besmirch law enforcement.


    Dear Editor:

    Remember when Clinton was being impeached and all the Democrats came
    out saying impeachment is a waste of time and to let the voters decide
    – don’t try to steal the election! Everyone old enough remembers it
    except the Democrats themselves!

    Democrats you look like fools now!

    Yumi J

    Editor’s Note: Do you think the Republicans will look bad next time?
    Probably all politicians are the same.