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    Dear Vues Master
    The fact that there are 15 mega groceries upstate this summer
    just for the 10 weeks of the summer astonishes me. These
    grocery stores are no longer small stores. They are huge.
    How do they do it?
    Vues Master’s Note: Drive around Sullivan County & you’ll
    see how many new houses there are. The Catskills are
    booming & people need to eat.

    Dear Vues Master
    Is it just me or are the prices this summer in the grocery
    stores upstate out of control? What bothers me the most is
    that none of the stores put prices on their products. Is that
    legal? It’s like a guessing game. You bring up your shopping
    cart & have to guess how much your cart is?
    Vues Master’s Note: Food prices are going up so quickly
    these days, that store owners don’t have enough time to put
    prices on everything.

    Dear Vues Master
    My nephew Shmuel, an IDF soldier, shared the following
    point with me: In English we use the word hostages which
    sounds like objects, pawns in a negotiation. In Hebrew, more
    accurately, we call them chatufim which means they are
    individuals who were snatched, kidnapped, grabbed from
    their homes and their lives. They are subjects, real people,
    not entities to negotiate over. We must continue to say the
    names of the chatufim, to daven for them each as a world
    unto themselves and to continue to work and demand – let
    them go!
    Rabbi Efrem Goldberg
    Vues Master’s Note: Thanks for your guidance Rabbi
    Goldberg. We love your weekly column in the Jewish Vues
    every week.

    Dear Vues Master
    It’s impossible to drive upstate this summer. In many of the
    towns of Sullivan County they put orange bumpers on the
    corners of the streets, so no one can pull over. You can’t even
    drop someone off. What happens when you have an elderly
    person in your car? Drop the elderly off 3 blocks away &
    tell them to walk. What are you supposed to do in towns like

    South Fallsburg? There’s no place to park & no place to drop
    people off. I don’t know what people are supposed to do in
    these small towns.
    Vues Master’s Note: I don’t think law enforcement in the
    Catskills really care about store owners. They care only
    about safety.

    Dear Vues Master
    I am someone that davens very frequently at the Woodbourne
    shul. I love the shul & love Rabbi Jungreis very much. I just
    have one issue this summer. Does anyone upstate know that
    there is a war going on in Eretz Yisrael right now? Why
    is there no tehillim being said after every minyan at the
    Woodbourne shul? There are people dying every day in the
    war & we need to continue to daven to HKBH for help.
    Vues Master’s Note: I have an idea. The next time you daven
    at the Woodbourne shul, I think you should start leading
    tehillim right after davening. Maybe if people see you do it,
    the next minyan will do the same.

    Dear Vues Master: An ashir (rich man) was makpid
    (conscientious) that his daughters only marry Kohanim.
    When asked why, he explained: “I’ve had the unfortunate
    experience of seeing the sons-in-law of ashirim quarreling
    over the yerusha, even with the מת still in the house, lying

    before them. So I undertook to take only Kohanim as sons-
    in-law. That way I can at least assure that they don’t fight

    over the yerusha with my corpse in front of them.” BB
    Vues Master’s Note: That would be a grave mistake!

    Dear Vues Master:
    Just wanted to tell you that my family LOVED last week’s
    Yenta Edition of The Country Vues. It’s amazing how many
    new heimishe businesses are opening up this summer. I wish
    all the business hatzlacha & we look forward to the Country
    Vues every summer. Keep up the great work!!!
    A G
    Vues Master’s Note: We are so excited that we were able
    to once again provide entertainment and news to the
    Catskills. We pride ourselves on being the Country Vues, a
    Jewish newspaper! With Jewish entertainment. Thanks for
    patronizing us.

    Dear Vues Master
    How can anyone vote for Biden after the
    debate last week? He clearly is a senile old
    man. I would be surprised if he would live
    out the entire 4 years of his term.
    Vues Master’s Note: Some people hate
    Trump so much that they would vote for
    anyone, as long as it’s not Trump. Trump is
    not that young either.

    Dear Vues Master: Who were the first
    tourists in the world? In Parshas Shelach,
    Moshe Rabeinu sent a group of people
    “la’tour es ha’urtez” – to tour the land.
    Possibly the word tour comes from that
    word in the Torah. However, Rashi uses
    the word “me’ragel” which means to spy
    and that’s generally how we interpret it.
    So what was the mission to tour or to spy?
    There are several answers to that question
    but for the person who is familiar with spy
    stories the answer is quite simple. How
    does a spy succeed in his mission? He has
    to have a cover identity and façade. These
    anushim were sent to spy but they had to
    portray themselves as tourists. They wore
    loud clothing and were constantly taking
    pictures (or the equivalent in that era). They
    were quite good at it and were never caught
    even after going through the whole land for
    forty days. In fact, the whole mission was
    meticulously planned out. Each one of the
    spies had a particular part in the military
    team. Reuven’s representative Shamuo
    ben Zakir was in charge of eavesdropping
    and records. Shimon’s representative
    Shafat ben Choiri handled legal matters
    and freed captured soldiers if they were
    caught. Caleiv ben Yefuna from Yehuda
    took care of the canine squad. Yigal ben
    Yoseif could also call in reinforcements to
    free detainees. Hoishea ben Nun captained
    an underwater craft shaped like a fish. Palti
    ben Rufi headed the medical team to treat
    any potential casualties. Amiel ben Gmali
    provided the camels which carried all the
    supplies for the mission. Sesur ben Michoel
    set up the demolition explosives to be used
    to prevent pursuit by the Canaanim. Nachbi
    ben Vuvsi brought the Vufen or ammunition
    that would have been needed in case of
    actual conflict. Ge’uel ben Muchi made sure
    to erase all evidence of their incursion from
    the enemy. To understand the last two, one
    would have to be familiar with American
    history during World War II. In order to
    fight the Nazis who were trying to sabotage
    the US ports, the government enlisted the aid

    of the Mafia who also had Jewish members.
    This proved to be very helpful. The Mafia
    actually started a long time ago. One of the
    meraglim was Gotti ben Susi who provided
    the equine transportation for the people on
    the mission. He also intimidated the enemy
    by placing the heads of horses in their beds.
    The last one was Gottiel ben Soidi; he was
    another godfather who developed encryption
    routines to ensure secret communications
    between the meraglim. Since they were
    very accomplished spies and military
    experts, how did they go wrong? Well,
    the problem is they had poor self- esteem.
    For instance, when Gotti was growing up
    other kids called him a ben Sissy. So he
    along with most of the meraglim thought
    of themselves as grasshoppers. This was
    true even though the Canaanim feared them
    and called them the Dirty Dozen. Yet, there
    was something more that made them scared.
    They went around the land but then they
    came to Rechov and “luvoi Chamas”. They
    saw members of Chamas building military
    infrastructure. They continued to Chevron
    and met Achiman, Sheishai, and Salmai –
    the “Yelidei ANuke”. These three scientists
    were busy developing Nukes. That was the
    final straw and they gave in to their fears.
    Vues Master’s Note: Rechnitzer rejects?

    Dear Vues Master:
    Rav Meir Shapiro was visited by one of his
    former classmates who turned away from
    learning to go into business and became
    very wealthy. “Meir, do you remember
    those days when we learned together?” the
    former classmate asked. “We were so close,
    we even slept in the same bed.” Rav Meir
    answered him: “Sure I remember. But I
    also remember that there was an invisible
    wall between us and each of us faced in a
    different direction.”
    Vues Master’s Note: Sad how things can
    turn out.

    Dear Vues Master:
    A famous Maggid visiting in a town where
    he was invited to speak, went first thing in
    the morning to the home of a wealthy man
    to request a loan. He received the loan,
    spoke that afternoon, and in the evening
    repaid the wealthy man. The next morning,
    the Maggid showed up again and requested
    a loan. In the evening, he repaid it. This

    pattern repeated itself over the next few
    days. Curious, the wealthy man said to the
    Maggid: “It seems like you really don’t need
    the money. Why do you keep borrowing it in
    the morning and repaying it at night?” The
    מגיד answered: “You’re right. I really don’t
    need the money. But you have no idea how
    much confidence it gives me when I speak
    and know I have cash in my pocket.”
    Vues Master’s Note: Ah! I would give him a
    credit card like this so he can try to collect
    more debt!

    Dear Vues Master:
    Yossi is an actor desperate for work. He
    responds to an ad by a local zoo looking
    for an actor to play the role of a gorilla until
    the zoo completes its extensive renovation
    and brings back its real ape. Yossi dons the
    gorilla outfit and puts on a very impressive
    performance for the crowds standing
    outside his cage. He roars, beats his chest,
    hangs from the bars and keeps the visitors
    entertained. One day, getting a bit too
    enthusiastic, he swings on a vine, loses his
    grip, and goes flying over the wall into the
    lion’s den. Terrified, he moves as far away
    as he can from the approaching lion, covers
    his eyes with his paws, and begins to say
    ישראל שמע. The lion opens its jaws and
    Keep “.ברוך שם כבוד מלכותו לעולם ועד roars
    it down, you idiots,” shouts a bear from a
    third cage, “You’ll get us all fired.”
    Vues Master’s Note: Look how the
    zookeeper’s are just fooling us!

    Dear Vues Master:
    When Rebbie Yitzchok of Volozhen came
    to the Beis Medrash of a small town, huge
    crowds pressed to see him, to the point of
    נפשות סכנת. When he finally got to speak,
    יצחק רבי said: “This is an impressive crowd.
    In תשא כי פרשת, after instructing on giving
    ולא יהיה בכם says Torah the ,מחצית השקל
    נגף. This is difficult. If the עולם של רבונו
    wanted to prevent נגף amongst ישראל בני as
    they were being counted, he could have done
    so without the השקל מחצית. Apparently,
    there was reason to be concerned that when
    was משה רבינו that hear would בני ישראל
    commanded to count them, each one of
    them would run בזריזות to be amongst the
    first to participate in the mitzvah and thus
    there would be a dangerous crush of people.
    Therefore, Bnei Yisrael were commanded to

    each contribute the השקל מחצית, assuring
    that there won’t be rushing and pushing to
    join the crowd. And so, Rabosai, to assure
    that there won’t be pushing and shoving
    here, I want to disclose that the reason I’m
    here today is to collect money for פדיון
    Vues Master’s Note: I can’t seem to
    understand why there are so many

    Dear Vues Master:
    A talmid chacham and an am haaretz were
    having a big fight, when the am haaretz
    asked someone to bring him a בתרא בבא.
    The onlookers were surprised. What does
    this am haaretz want with a בתרא בבא ?
    They quickly found out. He took the gemara
    and knocked it over the head of the talmid
    chacham. “I may be an am haaretz ,” he said,
    “but I know that בתרא בבא is the largest and
    heaviest mesechta.”
    Vues Master’s Note: A fool stays a fool!

    Dear Vues Master:
    The recent primary wins for candidates
    who are favorable to our community
    demonstrates how important it is to vote.
    When it comes down to a candidate who
    denies Israel’s right to exist while denying
    Hamas has done anything in the furtherance
    of that end, and a candidate who is moderate,
    pro-Israel and family friendly, it is clear that
    our communities made the right choices on
    Election Day. As we head toward November,
    readers should bear in mind that the Jewish
    voting bloc should not be underestimated,
    but also not taken for granted. Politicians
    know when we vote or don’t vote; whether
    an issue or candidate you’re passionate about
    is on the ballot today, you will ask your
    representatives and legislatures to act on
    your behalf tomorrow. It also holds true that
    a rising tide raises all ships; our neighbors
    want better education, safer neighborhoods
    and clean streets as well. By voting you are
    making us all heard loud and clear. Advocate,
    write personal letters, attend meetings and
    be “in tune” to pending laws. We can’t lead
    from behind; don’t wait for an issue to arise
    to take action. Let’s be proactive and move
    forward together.
    Vues Master’s Note: WE need to show that
    United we stand!

    Dear Vues Master:
    In a history class, an anti-Semitic professor
    asked a Jewish student “Who caused World
    War II?” “The Jews and the bicycle riders,”
    he answered. The professor was puzzled.
    “Why, the bicycle riders?” he asked. “Why
    the Jews?” the student responded.
    Vues Master’s Note: History repeats itself!!

    Dear Vues Master:
    On Father’s Day, Charles Schumer – “the
    pig who would be kosher” – posted a
    photo of himself barbecuing frankfurters
    and a slab of gray meat (presumably a
    hamburger), with a slice of cheese on
    top of the meat. For the sake of Schumer,
    the Schemer/Scammer, the frankfurters
    and hamburger meat better have been
    Halal; otherwise, insha’allah, the Iranian
    Ayatollahs will issue a fatwa against him.
    Vues Master’s Note: Schumer is a CHazir
    mit tzve Fees!

    Dear Vues Master:
    The Rambam & Shulchan Aruch write
    there is a דאורייתא עשה מצות to blow
    trumpets for every צרה, not only מלחמה.
    The Shulchan Aruch lists all the צרות
    where fasting and blowing trumpets are
    required. One of them is when there is an
    animal plague and the pigs die. The reason
    for this is that human stomachs are similar
    to pig stomachs. The Magen Avraham (’ס
    תקעו (asks he doesn’t understand why we
    don’t use trumpets today which is more
    important than fasting*.
    Vues Master’s Note: Oy! I get a headache
    from Trumpets!

    Dear Vues Master:
    When the parsha of יוסף being sold by
    his brothers was read in shul, Mrs. Stern
    broke down in tears. A year went by and
    the parsha was read again, but this time she
    was calm and collected. The other woman
    asked why she cried last year but not this
    time. “He saw what happened to him last
    time he went to meet his brothers,” she
    said. “He shouldn’t have gone again.”
    Vues Master’s Note: Ha!

    Dear Vues Master:
    Museums are fast becoming the latest
    battleground in the campaign to turn
    Americans against Israel. Hamas
    supporters recently occupied parts of the
    Brooklyn Museum, defaced a sculpture,
    damaged artwork, and harassed staff
    members. In the atrium of the Museum
    of Modern Art, protesters unfurled “From
    the River to the Sea” banners. Extremists
    tried to disrupt the annual gala of the
    Metropolitan Museum of Art, by hurling
    smoke bombs and flares at the museum’s
    entrance. Perhaps the most ominous
    development has been the growing ability
    of Hamas backers to actually shut down
    museums. In February, they forced a
    month-long closure of the Yerba Buena
    Center for the Arts, in San Francisco, and
    brought about the resignation of its chief
    executive by inundating her with what she
    described as “vitriolic and antisemitic”
    hate mail. The anti-Israel forces are also
    crowing about the month-long shutdown
    of the Wing Luke Museum in Seattle. The
    closure was engineered by pro-Hamas staff
    members of the museum, who walked out
    in protest over some of the wording in an
    exhibit concerning an anti-racism campaign
    by American Jews in the 1940s and 1950s.
    It happens that my latest book is a history
    of that anti-racism initiative. Cartoonists
    Against Racism: The Secret Jewish War on
    Bigotry (coauthored with comics historian
    Craig Yoe) chronicles the story of how
    the American Jewish Committee enlisted
    cartoonists and comic book artists in the
    battle against antisemitism and other forms
    of racism during and after World War II.
    The Committee allocated an initial budget
    of $400,000 to the campaign. That soon
    expanded to an average of $3-million
    annually over a period of two decades—
    the equivalent of more than $63-million
    in 2024 dollars. Their strategy was to
    discredit all forms of bigotry, through the
    dramatic medium of cartoon illustration.
    They flooded schools and union halls with
    anti-racist posters, arranged for newspapers
    to publish political cartoons mocking
    prejudice, and convinced some comic book
    publishers to run stories with anti-bigotry
    themes. An issue of True Comics, which
    had a circulation of 500,000 monthly,
    featured a memorable anti-scapegoating
    story called “They Got the Blame.” Some
    other Jewish groups joined the campaign.
    The Anti-Defamation League persuaded
    the writers of the popular “Superman”
    radio show to create a storyline in which
    the Man of Steel battled the Ku Klux

    Klan. This Jewish anti-bigotry effort
    was driven by a noble motive: the belief
    that discrimination against any minority
    group is bad for all groups and tramples
    America’s most cherished principles. But
    was the campaign successful? And what
    does it tell us about the current eruptions
    of antisemitism, including the attacks
    on American museums? Richard C.
    Rothschild, the advertising executive
    who ran the campaign, was convinced
    that the cartoonists he enlisted had a real
    impact. Looking back at the effort years
    later, he noted that in the aftermath of
    World War II, there was a reduction in

    antisemitism “to a bare whisper,” anti-
    Jewish quotas at major universities were

    eliminated, and there was a new public
    atmosphere, in which “it is unfashionable,

    if not down right disreputable, to be anti-
    Semitic.” Surely the introduction of

    millions of Americans, especially children,
    to anti-racist comic book stories and other
    educational efforts helped encourage the
    emergence of more tolerant attitudes.
    The widespread rejection of racist ideas
    in America today—as compared to the
    1950s—represents significant progress.
    Yet despite those gains, America is now

    witnessing a massive resurgence of anti-
    Jewish hatred. The fact that some of it

    is thinly-disguised as hatred of Israel or
    Zionism cannot obscure the truth. When
    anti-Israel protesters talk about “Zionists
    controlling the media,” they obviously
    mean Jews. The same is true of phrases
    such as “dirty Zionists,” and “Zionists keep
    out,” and so many other ugly slurs that
    have been chanted or displayed at recent
    anti-Israel protests. The staff members
    who have shut down the Wing Luke
    Museum in Seattle are focusing their ire on
    a sentence in the anti-racism exhibit which
    states a simple fact: “Today, antisemitism
    is often disguised as anti-Zionism.” In
    Richard Rothschild’s day, bigots disguised
    their hate with euphemisms about “cultural
    differences” or “neighborhood integrity”
    or “people preferring their own kind.”
    Today’s euphemism is “Zionism.” The
    striking staffers at the Wing Luke Museum
    don’t want the exhibit to acknowledge
    that fact because it discredits their cause.
    But that’s the reality. The leaders of the
    Wing Luke Museum, and the officials of
    the Washington State Jewish Historical
    Society who helped create the anti-racism
    exhibit, now say they are working on
    changes to the exhibit and will re-open it
    after a month-long hiatus. One can only
    hope that the changes will not involve
    capitulating to the strikers’ demands.

    Because if extremists can intimidate

    museums into altering historically-
    accurate exhibits, a precious aspect of free

    society will be gravely threatened.
    Rafael Medoff
    Vues Master’s Note: As always thanks for
    your history lesson!

    Dear Vues Master
    There are shuls upstate that have no respect
    for guests. A person going into the Viznitz
    Beis Medrash in Kiamesha is greeted by
    someone who says “It is the law here to wear
    a jacket..so wear a jacket.” When I said it was
    not my minhag and that it’s too hot to wear a
    jacket, he insisted that it was the law there. It
    reminded me of how they say people in Sdom
    greeted their guests. On the other hand, if you
    go into the Satmar Beis Medrash at Ichud or
    at the Woodbourne shul in Woodburne under
    the leadership of Rabbi Jungreis, everyone is
    greeted in the way of Avraham Avinu with
    love and respect.
    Where do people in a shul have the chutzpah
    to impose their dress habits on someone else?
    How would they like it, if they went into a
    shul that said no payis or white socks. They
    would think that was wrong. Why can’t they
    just let a yid daven the way he is accustomed?
    We are all one Jewish family. Acheinu Kol
    beis Yisrael. How can Hashem accept the
    tefilot of one that cannot accept the fact that
    a person next to him is not wearing a jacket?
    Ohav Yisroel
    Vues Master’s Note: Welcome to galus!

    Dear Vues Master
    I was disappointed to see the same officer
    in South Fallsburg ticketing Jewish drivers
    again this year. Last summer, much pressure
    was put on the superintendent to have him
    transferred and when she couldn’t get rid of
    him, she basically lost her job. This officer
    targets Jews. Why can’t he be transferred?
    No one should be above the law but no one
    should be targeted because he is Jewish. A
    Concerned Driver
    Vues Master’s Note: Anti-semitism is rampant
    all over the world. Why do you think it’s any
    different upstate?