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    Dear Vues Master:

    This past weekend there were 2 major tragedies

    that happened upstate. The fire at TSpoons

    in South Fallsburg & the plane landing

    on the highway last Friday in Monticello

    on 42. B’H everyone was ok. It was beautiful

    to see how local firefighters & Hatzolah

    got along so well in both cases. We must be

    very thankful for the local police & fire departments.

    They did a great job. On behalf of

    all the summer visitors, I want to say a BIG

    Thank you to them.


    Vues Master’s Note:We can never forget our

    first responders! Thanks !


    Dear Vues Master:

    Is it just me or do ladies’ sheitels these days

    look better than women’s real hair? I see

    some women going to chasunas & I can’t get

    over how nice their sheitels are. Do you think

    that sheitels are meant to look that beautiful?


    Vues Master’s Note: Firstly why are you

    looking? Number two, look at yourself in the

    mirror, are you perfect?


    Dear Vues Master:

    It’s amazing how much the Catskills is

    growing! To the outside world, there is no

    more Borscht Belt but to frum Yidden the

    Catskills has never been busier. The fact that

    there are 15 major grocery stores upsate that

    are open just 2 months a year is crazy!! The

    fact that there are more than 20 restaurants

    & 10 pizza stores is wild. The fact that one

    can catch a minyan in the Catskills 20 hours

    a day is geshmak. All I have to say is that it’s




    Vues Master’s Note: What would even be

    better, is if we should be zoche to be geshmak

    to be a Yid in Eretz Yisroel!


    Dear Vues Master:

    What happened to the big concerts upstate?

    I remember the Chazak concerts at the racetrack

    that had 5,000 people on Motzei Shabbos

    Nachamu. We haven’t had a big concert

    in the Catskills for many years now. There

    are still plenty of concerts, just nothing more

    than a thousand people. With over 200,000

    frum people in the Catskills over the summer,

    you would think that someone would

    make one.


    Vues Master’s Note: I guess Covid is still in



    Dear Vues Master:

    What do you call a woman with an angel for

    a husband? A widow.


    Vues Master’s Note:I think you are dead on!


    Dear Vues Master:

    Governor Kathy Hochul signed a new bill

    into law which will make it more convenient

    for families with two heads-of-household to

    use their SNAP benefits. This new legislation

    requires SNAP programs to make available

    two electronic benefit cards for each

    household that has more than one parent or

    guardian residing in the home. This will provide recipients more convenience in utilizing their benefits to feed their families. “As New Yorkers continue to recover from the economic pains of the pandemic, it is critical that we ensure that public assistance programs are properly serving our most vulnerable communities,” Governor Kathy Hochul said. “I am proud to take important steps to protect and empower New Yorkers who receive public assistance because nobody deserves to experience food or childcare insecurity, homelessness, or any other life-threatening stresses.” State Senator Julia Salazar said, “I’m proud to be sponsoring legislation as commonsense and as necessary as bill S8972A along with my colleague Assemblymember Simcha Eichenstein. With all the pressures families are facing, legislation is necessary to address real needs in our marginalized underserved communities. This is one of those needs. We’re making sure that all of the guardians that make up our homes have access to their approved benefits at a moment’s notice, and not have to treat one’s card like a relay race baton. SNAP is a federal program that helps over 40 million Americans every year and 1.8 million of those are New Yorkers. This is a pragmatic move and I thank every legislator that supports this bill. And thank you to Governor Hochul for signing this bill into law as we address the gaps in our system.” Assemblyman Simcha Eichenstein said, “It’s difficult enough when families who receive SNAP benefits must live under the constant pressure of feeding their children. Now they will no longer have to endure the inconvenience of sharing a card between two heads of households. This commonsense legislation is a simple, effective and practical solution to a frustrating and senseless problem. Thank you Governor Hochul for recognizing the importance of this issue and signing this bill into law, and thank you Senator Julia Salazar for your partnership on this bill.”


    Vues Master’s Note: Nice! So they can buy food in an organized manner!


    Dear Vues Master:

    President Joe Biden announced last week that $100 million in U.S. assistance for east Jerusalem hospitals that serve as “the backbone” of health care for Palestinians. He spoke last Friday during a visit to the Augusta Victoria Hospital, which provides advanced medical care, including radiation treatment for cancer patients and pediatric kidney dialysis, to Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. Why is he giving money to the Palistinians? What have they done to deserve anything?


    Vues Master’s Note: Because they are aligned with BLM!


    Dear Vues Master:

    Klal Yisrael lost a tremendous gadol this past weekend. Hagaon HaRav Shmuel Yehuda Levin ZT”L, the Rosh Yeshiva of Telshe Chicago was only 63 years old. My brother learned in Telshe & speaks about him & his Torah all the time. Yehi Zichro Baruch.


    Vues Master’s Note:It is scary how many people we lost!


    Dear Vues Master:

    We love the Country Vues. We live in Eretz Yisrael all winter long & come to the Catskills for the summer. We wish there was a Country Vues newspaper in Eretz Yisrael. The torah, the entertainment, the recipes & jokes, we love them all. Keep up the good work!!!


    Vues Master’s Note:We hope to publish in Eretz Yisroel with Moshiach on the cover!


    Dear Vues Master:

    That was some fire at T-Spoons in South Fallsburg this past Sunday morning. BH everyone is ok. T-Spoons is one of my favorite restaurants upstate. I hope Tzvi can get the restaurant back open for next summer!



    Vues Master’s Note: May Hashem pay the losses of the business owners!


    Dear Vues Master:

    Why is there no parking in South Fallsburg & Woodbourne over the summer? They really need to do something about it.


    Vues Master’s Note: Because they want to make us feel at home in Brooklyn!


    Dear Vues Master:

    My family loves the Country & Jewish Vues. We love the Fun question pages & the Laughter & Inspiration page next. Keep up the great work!!!


    Vues Master’s Note: You will definitely enjoy this week’s edition!


    Dear Vues Master:

    Rav Hershel Schachter says, “Unfortunately there are many rabbonim who dress the part, act the part, and speak the part, but when we look at their followers we realize that in their inner core there is something seriously lacking. The Mishnah (Pirkei Avos 4:20) warns us – One should not judge a person merely based on externalities. When one is deciding whom to follow as his rebbe one must judge whether the rabbi in question is the right person in his inner core based on the rabbi’s talmidim. I think his words must be qualified that he is saying this in the absence of seeing anything suspicious in the rabbi himself; however, when the rabbi is acting or saying things that are contrary to mussar and Torah one should weigh more on this than their students. A Rosh Yeshiva can have such control over his students that the students look and act like they are in a constant state of penitent that it covers up what is really going on.


    Vues Master’s Note: You have a one track mind and one track goal! I feel bad for you!