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    Dear Vues Master:

    Someone I know just posted this online

    & I thought your readers would appreciate

    it. Many students cheat, but most don’t

    take the time to send an email apologizing

    for it, especially after so many years. This

    email reminds me that there are so many

    dumb things that I did many years ago that

    I haven’t bothered to apologize or do teshuva

    for. I’m committing to pay this email

    forward by reaching out to apologize to at

    least one person that I wronged many years

    ago. Professor S, I hope this email finds you

    and your family all doing well. I am a former

    student of yours from years ago, and while

    preferably remaining anonymous, wanted

    to reach out with a long overdue ask. Many

    years ago for reasons still unbeknownst to

    me I cheated on an exam in your class. To

    this day, thinking about it fills me in sheer

    embarrassment and regret. I genuinely have

    no idea what was going through my mind at

    the time, and there is zero excuse for that behavior

    – although the way we treated you and

    many teachers in general was pretty inexcusable.

    I have thought about sending this email

    many times, and always failed to. But now

    as I have children of my own and my goal is

    to raise decent and respectful kids, my own

    shortcomings often pop into my head. This

    ranks high among them. So for that mistake,

    I wanted to reach out and ask mechilah.

    Gmar chatimah tova Former Student


    Vues Master’s Note: I thought cheaters never



    Dear Vues Master:

    This past Sunday I went with my family to

    do Kaporos in the pouring rain. My family

    always enjoys this mitzvah. There was a

    lady there yelling at us how we can’t do what

    we are doing to a chicken. Everything was

    being done in a kavodicka way. I really dont

    understand how frum people could be vegetarians.

    If one reads our tefillot everything

    revolves around karbonos.When moshiach

    comes, and it should come very soon, when

    we have the third Beis Hamikdash, what do

    people think we are going to be doing all the

    time? We are going to be shechting animals

    & bringing karbonos to Hashem. What are

    Peta people & vegetarians going to say then?

    Hashem created these animals so we can eat



    Vues Master’s Note: We NEED Moshiach



    Dear Vues Master:

    For the first time I purchased this year a Moroccan

    esrog because of Shmittah. My family

    usually purchases esrogim from Eretz

    Yisrael. Even though it was very green, it

    was probably one of the nicest esrogim I

    ever had. I’m thinking of getting Moroccan

    esrogim from now on. Is that wrong?


    Vues Master’s Note: I personally like esrogim

    from Eretz Yisrael but you do whatever

    you want! I think it’s better to support

    Eretz Yisrael.



    Dear Vues Master:

    I guess after all the rain Orlando got last week from the Hurricane, very few people are planning to go Orlando this year for Sukkos. I’m feeling really bad for the people at Disney. I have a feeling (if the weather is nice) a lot more people are going to go the Catskills this Sukkos.


    Vues Master’s Note: If the weather is nice, I have a feeling the Catskills is going to be very busy this year.




    Dear Vues Master:

    Are there any Jewish concerts in New York this Chol Hamoed Sukkos? I heard of two in New Jersey but nothing in New York. I wonder why. It used to be that Brooklyn & Queens College always had Chol Hamoed concerts. This year it seems that all the Jewish singers went to Eretz Yisrael for Sukkos.


    Vues Master’s Note: If you had the choice of putting on a concert in Brooklyn or Eretz Yisrael, which would you do? It is all about supply and demand!


    Dear Vues Master:

    Is it just me or does it seem like we are on the verge of having World War III? It’s starting to get scary with Russia & China. I hope things calm down a little very soon.


    Vues Master’s Note: Did I hear you say gog umagog ?


    Dear Vues Master:

    I don’t understand how the King & Queen in England work. Do they really do anything? I know they have a Prime Minister in Britain that’s elected & acts like the President does in America, but what does the monarchy really do in England? I’m serious. I don’t understand.


    Vues Master’s Note: Beats me! NAs far as I see it, they are nothing except hog money and don’t pay taxes!


    Dear Vues Master:

    Regarding the one who forgot to make a pruzbul, there is still a way to get the money back. He, or others, can ask the borrower to give him the money as a gift. See Choshen Mishpat Siman 67, se’if 36. And as elaborated in the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Siman 180, se’if 14, the lender can do all kinds of hishtadlus to ask the borrower to give him the funds as a gift. See there Artscroll note 30 how the lender can even make the borrower feel uncomfortable about holding onto the money.

    Yechiel Mechel Sochet

    Vues Master’s Note: Still not lechatchila. Thanks for sharing!




    Dear Vues Master:

    For some reason every year I do tashlich on Chol Hamoed. I don’t remember the last time I did tashlich on Rosh Hashana. I always do kaparos on time & go to the mikvah on time. Why did chazal give us until Hoshana Raba to do tashlich? If they just told us we had to do it on Rosh Hashana I would have done it then.


    Vues Master’s Note: Zerizim Makdimin L’mitzvos!!


    Dear Vues Master:

    Founded by Yerachmiel Begun 1977, the Miami Boys Choir has been an Orthodox Jewish music staple for decades, especially among children and teenagers. Now, the group’s music clips have gone viral across social media platforms, particularly TikTok, with tens of thousands of non-Jewish people chiming in on the group’s performances. The Miami Boys Choir launched a TikTok account about 3 months ago, posting small clips of the group from various periods and gaining a small following on the platform. The account is run by Chananya Begun, the son of Yerachmiel and the founder of the Young Talent Initiative in Lakewood. But then it posted a clip of 4 well known soloists – Yoshi Bender, Chaim Abramowitz, David Hershkowitz, and Binyomin Abramowitz – singing MBC’s famous “Yerushalayim” during a 2007 performance. After languishing in TikTok’s algorithm for a bit, the clip suddenly went mega-viral, with millions of Americans viewers being regaled by the lyrical performance of Orthodox Jewish teens. I happen to be a very big fan of the Miami Boys Choir but do you think they should be putting these clips on Tik Tok? I think most people that are not part of the tribe that are listening to this are just listening to make fun at yidden. What do you think?


    Vues Master’s Note: Maybe there are people that never heard Jewish music before & are now enjoying it.


    Dear Vues Master:

    I had a Rebbe who used to say that “Sports is the best Battallah”. I don’t know if he meant playing sports or following sports? I say now that it’s a waste of time and a huge distraction. I grew up following the NY Yankees and NY Knicks and would enjoy listening on radio to the excitement of the great Playoffs Championships between the Knicks and the Celtics or Lakers. I would love to go to the ball games at Yankee stadium, in order to get autographs, even though we would sometimes lose the games. I once pointed to my yarmulke and got an autograph from a Jewish ballplayer. But what did I gain in life? Did I get wealthier? Or even receive a World Series ring? Did it make me a better person? NO! I gained ZERO! Not even a trophy when the team I follow- America’s team

    -the Dallas Cowboys would

    win the Super bowl. What

    if I would have spent my

    time instead learning Dirshu

    Kinyan Halacha? Or Shisha

    Sidrei Mishnah? I would have

    been a Talmid Chochom today.

    Instead I am a sports fan

    who learns the Daf [with my

    Artscroll gemara of coursecan’t

    leave home without the

    travelling edition]! Harav

    Sheinberg ZT”L once told

    a Siyum Mishnayos Pirchei

    crowd that it still hurts when

    the Yankees lose, since he also

    grew up in America. A young

    boy went over to the Rosh

    Hayeshiva and innocently

    told him not to feel bad, since

    the Yankees won! True there

    are so many distractions today

    especially with the technology,

    but just keep in mind

    “Hayom Katzer V Hamelacha

    Meruba” So it may be true

    what my Rebbe growing up

    told us that “Sports may be

    the Bester Batallah”, but remember

    that it’s still Battallah-

    Bitul TORAH! “Ki Heim

    Chayeinu Vorech Yameinu

    U’vahem Nehgeh Yomam


    Rabbi Moshe Shochet

    Vues Master’s Note: Are video

    games better? I think that

    it’s ok to watch sports, but

    you need to know where your

    priorities are. First focus on

    learning & when you need

    to relax a little watch some

    sports. Just don’t make sports

    the center of your life.


    Dear Vues Master:

    This past Sunday was one

    of the hardest days I can remember.

    I have found myself

    crying at random points, but

    especially in prayer. Please

    share in my pain and read my

    words. The 7th of Tishrei was

    the day four years ago we lost

    Ari Fuld הי״ד†and it is the day

    today we lost Rabbi Shalom

    Miller ז”ל†. These are two men

    who dedicated their lives to

    the Jewish people and whose

    lives were cut short in their

    40’s. Rebbe Akiva was one

    of the greatest scholars of the

    Jewish people. Two thousand

    years ago the Romans executed

    Rebbe Akiva by torturing

    him through ripping his flesh

    from his body. The Talmud

    tells a fictional story of Moshe

    encountering Rebbe Akiva:

    After watching a lesson of

    Rebbe Akiva’s Moshe said to

    G-d, “Master of the Universe,

    You have a person such as

    Rebbe Akiva and You are giving

    the Torah through me?!”

    G-d responded, “Quiet! Such

    is the thought that arises before

    me.” Moshe said to G-d,

    “You have shown me Rebbe

    Akiva’s Torah, show me his

    reward.” G-d said, “Look

    behind you.” Moshe saw the

    Romans weighing Rebbe Akiva’s

    flesh in the meat market.

    He objected to G-d, “Master

    of the Universe, Zu Torah

    V’Zu Scharah?!? – This is Torah

    and this is its reward?!?”

    God responded to Moshe,

    “Quiet! Such is the thought

    that arises before me.” Like

    Rebbe Akiva, Rabbi Miller

    and Ari Fuld were taken from

    the Jewish people in the midst

    of the most influential point

    of their lives – just when they

    were spreading G-d’s Torah

    at their primes. Rabbi Miller

    was delivering a Torah lesson

    when he was struck by a heart

    attack! Is there a more appropriate

    time to turn to G-d

    and object, “This is Torah and

    this is its reward?!?” People

    might be critical of those objecting

    about God’s decrees

    and His taking of Rebbe

    Akiva, Ari, and Rabbi Miller,

    but they’re wrong. Faith in

    G-d isn’t blindly accepting

    His decrees. Faith in G-d is

    wrestling with G-d’s judgment.

    It is facing our doubts

    and confusion head on, and

    like Moshe, turning to God

    and screaming, “WHY?!!!

    HOW?!!!” Like Moshe when

    he asked G-d about His decrees,

    we will not receive an

    answer to our question. We

    will not understand why G-d

    took our teachers from us in

    their prime. Faith in Go-d is

    questioning, even objecting,

    but ultimately declaring that

    G-d is the “True Judge” and

    the “The King of Justice.”

    We accept that our limitations

    don’t allow us to understand

    everything G-d decrees, but

    that G-d’s decrees are just.

    The Talmud instructed man

    with one of the hardest challenges

    we can face, “Teach

    yourself to say, ‘I don’t

    know.’” We spend our lives

    trying to understand G-d, but

    at times like these, we must

    recognize we will not understand.


    Vues Master’s Note: Hashem

    should avenge their blood!