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    Dear Vues Master:
    I can’t stand eating milchigs. My wife makes
    every Shavuos 4 milchig meals. Baked
    Ziti, Penne ala vodka, eggplant parmesan,
    cheesecake and many other dairy dishes.
    I do not like cheese. I do not like pasta. I
    appreciate all the hard work my wife does
    to prepare for Yom Tov, but I wish she made
    some fleishigs also. One thing is for sure, I
    am very happy that we dont eat milchigs on
    a regular Shabbos.
    Vues Master’s Note: I tried coming up with
    a good answer but all I could come up with
    was a pareve answer!

    Dear Vues Master:
    Over the last month I have found that three
    of my friends’ kids and two relatives got
    engaged after going out with the first person
    they ever went out with. Not only that, it was
    the first time the other side went out with
    someone else as well. Is that a little crazy?
    I know that people do a lot of research these
    days before going out on shidduchim, but
    don’t you think people should go out with
    a few people before making a commitment
    like marriage?
    Vues Master’s Note: Look, whatever works.
    Sometimes it is good that they get engaged
    when they are young and stupid and grow
    together. Obviously, it is all from Hashem!

    Dear Vues Master
    Delta Air Lines and United Airlines have
    announced that they will resume flights to Tel
    Aviv later this month, following an extensive
    security risk assessment. Delta’s daily service
    between New York JFK and Tel Aviv will resume
    on June 7, while United will resume its non-stop
    service to Tel Aviv on June 6. I just booked my
    daughter a flight to go to Israel in the beginning
    of September. It cost me $1850 round trip for an
    economy seat on EL AL. The price is insane. I
    hope that now that Delta & United Airlines are
    flying again, the prices go back down.
    Vues Master’s Note: There’s a reason why EL
    AL’s profits went up so much this year. They
    were the only airline flying and they raised their
    prices accordingly.

    Dear Vues Master:
    This past weekend a little debate happened at
    my table about the bracha made on fruit soup.
    My wife served fruit soup as an appetizer and
    my two boys were arguing whether they needed
    to make a separate bracha after they washed and
    made hamotzei. I believe one makes a separate
    bracha when eating a fruit for dessert, even after
    one had washed in the beginning of the meal.
    What do you think?
    Vues Master’s Note: Dessert is correct but since
    it serves as an appetizer that would be considered
    part of the meal thereby becoming exempt with
    the Hamotzi made on the bread. I would check
    with your local Orthodox Rabbi.

    Dear Vues Master:
    My son just informed me that he wants
    to stay in Eretz Yisrael to learn for a
    third year. I’m having a very hard time
    with that. I want him to go to college &
    get a degree & move on with his life. I
    don’t think he wants to go into chinuch
    & I’m pretty sure he’s not learning
    in the Beis Medrash full time. What
    should I do?
    Vues Master’s Note: Nothing! He
    probably won’t listen to you. So let him
    figure it out!

    Dear Vues Master:
    With Sefirah ending, the noise
    increases. The days of mourning are
    replaced by weddings, B’nai and B’not
    Mitzvah and other simchot. With
    these events comes loud ear-damaging
    music. The earbuds and headphones
    go back on the head and the loud
    music is back in style. Summer camps
    feature frequent music events with loud
    music blasting from big speakers. All
    forms of loud music have the same
    harmful effect on one’s hearing. I
    have spoken to several audiologists all
    of whom told me that in the past few
    decades they have seen a tremendous
    increase in hearing loss in teenagers
    and even in children as young as two
    years old. Hearing loss is irreversible.
    Much of this damage is caused by
    loud music through headphones and
    attending events featuring loud music.
    Deafness and hearing loss is more than
    just an individual inconvenience. It
    immensely affects one’s emotional and
    psychological health. It also affects the
    entire family dynamic, permanently.
    Hearing loss can be largely prevented.
    Lower the volume of music when
    wearing headphones. The volume
    should be lower than what you would
    need if you were listening to the music
    in a quiet room, not louder. Avoid
    simchot that play loud music. If you
    can’t hear your friend when you speak
    to him while standing or sitting next to
    each other, then the music is certainly

    damagingly loud. Ear plugs do not
    sufficiently help. The best solution is to
    not be in the same room at all. If your
    friend won’t cooperate by lowering the
    volume to a safe level, I recommend not
    attending the event at all. Your health
    I smore important than your friend’s
    feelings. Seriously, if your friend won’t
    consider protecting other people’s
    hearing health, what type of friend is s/
    he? I am shouting out to all rabbanim,
    community leaders and anyone with
    congregational influence to prioritize
    speaking about the effects of hearing
    loss, while their community still has
    the ability to hear your words. Simchot
    and fun occasions do not require loud
    music to be enjoyable. Emphasize that
    everyone take care of their own as well
    as their attendants’ hearing health and
    safety by lowering the volume in their
    personal smartphones, digital devices,
    conferences, shul / yeshiva dinners,
    weddings and other simchot. Camp
    directors should also practice similar
    procedures to protect campers’ hearing
    health. There is no excuse for apathy
    or neglect. Let’s be safe and smart
    during the summer so that by the time
    the Yamim Nora’im arrive when we
    say Lishmo’a El Harina V’el Hatefila
    it will be more than just a request to
    G-d, but a benefit to ourselves and our
    D F
    Vues Master’s Note:This letter is
    ringing in my ears. Hope it does not
    serve as white noise.

    Dear Vues Master:
    Is recycling a scam or myth at best? Are
    there any benefits to recycling when it
    costs more to recycle an item than to
    produce a new one? Most recycling
    ends up in the same place as garbage
    so is it mostly just a way to increase
    revenue by ticketing people who
    dont separate recycling items? What
    are some better or additional ways
    to minimize waste and unnecessary
    junk? I’m not a save the whales kind
    of guy but the environment does matter
    at least a little seeing how we eat the

    fish, animals and plants that all get
    contaminated by hazardous waste and
    items. It doesn’t seem that recycling is
    the answer.
    Vues Master’s Note: Only recycling
    letters serve a purpose.

    Dear Vues Master:
    I was so surprised at how expensive
    cheesecake is this year. I bought some
    from a local bakery & it was over $65
    for a small cake. Last year I paid $50 in
    the same bakery.
    Vues Master’s Note: Thank President
    Biden for inflation!

    Dear Vues Master:
    We are now in the warm weather season,
    which is somewhat different from other
    parts of the year. One difference is that
    the threat of mosquitoes looms in the
    background at this time. Mosquitoes
    are not only a nuisance and irritant,
    but also a health hazard, as they can
    carry dangerous disease. Therefore it
    is incumbent on all, particularly G-d
    fearing Jews, to make sure that their
    property doesn’t serve as a base or haven
    that spreads those pests. Mosquitoes
    breed in stagnant water. Therefore, if
    there is standing water on your property
    for just a few days, mosquitoes can
    breed there. They can greatly multiply
    in rapid fashion. It is recommended
    by experts that standing water not be
    tolerated. Standing water now is also
    illegal under local law. Containers
    that can hold such (even small ones,
    like the size of a bottle cap), should
    be removed, overturned, or disabled
    (e.g. by making holes in them to allow
    water to drain out. This goes also for
    things like garbage cans, which may
    collect water when it rains. In addition
    to looking after this vital matter on your
    own property, if you see standing water
    elsewhere it would also be a mitzvah
    to remove the hazard, whether by
    education (alerting people to the threat
    and sharing ways to address it), or other

    appropriate action. As the saying goes,
    an ounce of prevention is worth a pound
    of cure. Thanks in advance for your
    attention to this important matter. In the
    zechus of concern, caring, and assisting
    each other, maybe we be zoche to a safe
    summer and good news.
    Sincerely, Hoping not to be bitten
    Vues Master’s Note: Oy! Its is water
    under the bridge!

    Dear Vues Master:
    A man absolutely hated his wife’s cat
    and one day decided to get rid of him,
    driving him 20 blocks from his home
    and leaving him at the park. As he was
    getting home, the cat was walking up
    the driveway. The next day, he decided
    to drive the cat 40 blocks away. He put
    the beast out and headed home. Driving
    back up his driveway, there was the
    cat! He kept taking the cat further and
    further and the cat would always beat
    him home. At last, he decided to drive a
    few miles away, turn right, then left, past
    the bridge, then right again and another
    right until he reached what he thought
    was a safe distance from his home and
    left the cat there. Hours later, the man
    called home to his wife and asked if
    the cat was there. “Yes,” she answered,
    “Why do you ask?” Frustrated, the man
    answered, “Put him on the phone, I’m
    lost and need directions!”
    Vues Master’s Note: I thought men
    never ask directions?

    Dear Vues Master:
    We are counting up the Sefira on
    the way to Shavuos. Along with the
    number count, many have a custom
    to mention in their prayer a reference
    to the kabbalistic sephiras including
    Chesed, Gevurah, Tiferes, Netzach,
    Hoid, Yesoid , and Malchuth. When
    davening, one might notice sporadic
    occurrences of most of these. except
    for Yesoid. For example, in the prayer
    Va’yevorech Dovid, it mentions “lechu
    Hashem Hagedulah (translated to
    Chesed), va’Hagevurah, v’haTifereth,

    va’HaNetzach, va’HaHoid..”
    Malchuth is present in the davening
    in sections as during Yishtabach and
    Aleinu. However, Yesoid is almost
    never mentioned unless you count “al
    Yesoid ha’Mizbeach” in Karbonos.
    Why is that? Well, yesoid translates to
    foundation. The foundation of a house
    supports the house but one cannot see it
    from the outside. It’s underground. So
    here too we don’t mention the yesoid
    in davening because It’s hidden. In
    addition, the word yesoid is comprised
    of two words Yid and Soid which
    could translate the Yid should keep
    it secret. Only when “nichnas Yayin,
    yutzu Soid”. The essence of Yesoid
    symbolizes the Tzaddik as it says
    “Tzaddik Yesoid Oilum”. Now, we
    know that every Yid a Tzaddik; Yesoid
    is the hidden Tzaddik in every one of
    us. So it is generally kept hidden in
    the general davening but it supports
    Vues Master’s Note: My Rosh Yeshiva
    said in his shiur every week a new
    yesoid. I could not find the foundation
    to anything!

    Dear Vues Master:
    Albert Einstein was in constant
    demand as a speaker and lecturer.
    One day, he confided to his chauffeur,
    Max, that the lecture circuit was
    just wearing him out. Max listened
    sympathetically and replied; “You
    know, I’ve heard your presentations
    many times and with a little practice,
    I could stand in for you. Our looks and
    the sounds of our voices are similar
    and no one will be the wiser.” Einstein
    smiled, but after a few moments asked
    “Do you really think you can pull it
    off?” “Yes,” Max responded. “Let
    me try.” Later that week, after some
    practice, Max and Einstein changed
    roles. Einstein put on Max’s cap and
    chauffeur’s uniform and sat in back
    of the auditorium as Max made a
    brilliant presentation, even answering
    questions from the audience. He had
    them all fooled. But one professor

    got up and asked an extremely
    complicated and difficult question that
    had Max stumped. Without missing a
    beat, Max responded: “The answer to
    your question is simple. In fact, it’s so
    basic that I’ll have my chauffeur, who
    is sitting in back of the auditorium,
    answer it for me.”
    Vues Master’s Note: I guess he felt it
    was as easy as PI!

    Dear Vues Master
    Columbia just took a massive hit!
    A Columbia alumnus anonymously
    donated $260 million of his fortune
    to Bar-Ilan University in Israel. The
    donor, while remaining anonymous,
    wanted it known that he was a
    Columbia graduate. He added that
    he sees Bar-Ilan as “best able to
    undertake the great task of expanding
    science-based technological resilience
    in Israel.” (Source: New York Post) *
    This is just a reminder that everything
    we do in life matters; everything.
    And everything we do in life has
    consequences; everything. No matter
    how privileged, wealthy, powerful,
    or respected a person, organization,
    or university is… there is no escaping
    this truism.
    Vues Master’s Note: This is the
    only way to fight back against these
    colleges. Actions have consequences.
    I’m glad that people are finally doing
    something about it.

    Dear Vues Master:
    This isn’t an easy topic to speak about
    but I do feel it has to be said. I waitered
    Shabbos for many years and there are
    many many halachic issues that come
    up every minute on these jobs. I’m
    sure nobody making a simcha has
    put much thought into this because
    it’s things you don’t really see. The
    first problem is that no Jewish waiters
    receive any type of crash course on
    hilchos shabbos before starting. A

    kippa is enough. I don’t think I need
    to tell you what happens when you
    don’t know about hilchos Shabbos.
    Forget that mistakes will inevitably
    happen, but you won’t even know
    when it is time to ask either. Just a
    quick example. Every single thing
    that shows up to a catered event is
    sealed shut and often taped as well. I’ll
    name 5 melachos just to start that are
    virtually unavoidable when dealing
    with unknowledgable staff: koraya,
    mechatech, boneh, mochek, makeh
    bepatish. Since nobody is making sure
    anything is opened in advance, you can
    bet that a Jewish waiter will be doing
    it wrong. I could start mentioning
    other problems that came up weekly
    such as refrigerator lights that were
    left on as well as digital numbers that
    kept changing, warmers that blew
    out, garbage and carrying, muktza
    problems, and the biggest one of Borer.
    Particularly on a dishes job, the staff
    collects all the dirty stuff and proceeds
    to completely sort it into different
    crates based on size and item. I don’t
    think any posek would agree on that
    being permitted. But even aside from
    that, breaking down sweet tables often
    involves forbidden types of sorting as
    well as Hachana! Now you can start to
    add other problems such as “building”
    mechitzas, and the inevitable spills we
    were clueless on how to do properly,
    or what happens when people start to
    show up with vases and seating cards.
    If you add a party planner to the mix
    you can also bet that it is unlikely she is
    fully familiar with the laws of Shabbos
    to do this job properly. The only two
    options here is to either hire or assign
    someone as a shabbos mashgiach to be
    present to make sure that your simcha
    is done k’halacha. Or the easier option
    is to really request a nonjewish staff.
    They come and do their job and
    without your direct instruction, you
    don’t really have to worry about them
    sorting and ripping. Of course you’ll
    need someone kashrus supervising.
    But if you’re hiring a crew of Jewish
    guys, it’s a very big responsibility to
    have on your head. I do urge people

    to take this seriously as I was doing
    it for 15 years and I don’t think there
    was one Shabbos that didn’t have
    issues, because we weren’t equipped
    to handle it. And the pressure you get
    put under to make sure things are A1
    leads to shortcuts.
    Vues Master’s Note: Yup! You are
    100% correct!

    Dear Vues Master:
    A shadchan was working on making
    a shidduch for a wealthy man’s
    daughter, whose engagement had
    broken up after the boy’s family
    learned of her reputation. The girl’s
    father told the shadchaan: “Look at the
    difference between the shadchanim of
    past generations and those of today. In
    the past, the shadchanim were honest
    and trustworthy brokers who made
    קיימא של זיווגים and it was only one in a
    thousand that תנאים would be annulled.
    Now, however, the shadchanim are not
    trustworthy and תנאים get annulled
    every day.” The shadchan responded:
    “I’m afraid you’re mistaken.
    It’s not the shadchanim who are
    untrustworthy, but the משודכים, the
    couples themselves. The gemara says:
    תנאי קודם למעשה, הרי זה תנאי;
    “. מעשה קודם לתנאי, – אינו תנאי
    In past generations, the תנאים preceded
    the מעשה and therefore the זיווגים were
    where ,however ,Now .זיווגים של קיימא
    the מעשה comes first, the תנאים get
    Vues Master’s Note: This Shadchan
    gives the one percent of Honest
    Shadchanim a bad name!