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    Dear Vues Master:

    I just wanted to acknowledge what a great person &

    baal tzedakah R’ Ben Zion (BZ) Weiss was. He was involved

    with so many tzedakah and organizations & will

    be missed by his family, the community & all of Klal

    Yisrael. Yehi Zichro Baruch.


    Vues Master’s Note:We will all miss his great avodas



    Dear Vues Master:

    This past weekend marked 3 years since the Jersey City

    attack that left 4 dead, including a cop, two Orthodox

    Jews, & a store employee. I remember visiting the scene

    hours after the attack. Volunteers were still scrubbing

    blood out of the sidewalk, & there was a lingering evil in

    the air. In the aftermath, we couldn’t imagine antisemitism

    would ever again be allowed to flourish. Instead,

    3 years later, it has gotten worse. Hate crimes are up.

    Celebrities are using their platform to spread Jew hatred.

    Holocaust deniers are having dinner with a former

    president. There’s no quick fix to solving antisemitism

    or hatred, but there are things that we can do as a society.

    1. Do not give attention to rabid antisemites. You’re

    fueling their hate. 2. Do not politicize hate. Be honest

    when it is within your own party. Consistency is key. 3.

    Do not “other” Jews, or perpetuate the myth that Jews

    benefit from special treatment. (I’m looking at you, @

    nytimes.) 4. Build bridges, not fences, among people

    who are different than you. May G-d bless the memories

    of all who have lost their lives because of Jew hatred.

    C D

    Vues Master’s Note: Chaim well written letter! Thanks!


    Dear Vues Master:

    In last week’s Jewish Vues you published an OP Ed by

    Hillel Fuld under the banner “Now Is Not The Time For

    Excuses. It’s Time to Come Home.” In the middle of

    this article are the words “Just because it is hard for you

    to come here, does not mean you need to tell yourself

    that America is safe and good for Jews. You might be

    comfortable, but that comfort is coming to an end and

    it’s happening faster than you or I could have imagined”

    I have to wonder on what basis Mr. Fuld makes these

    assertions. There is no question that anti-Semitism is

    on the rise in NYC. The number of anti-Semitic events

    in NYC increased by 125% for November 2002 when

    compared to November 2021. However, according to

    the IDF: Terrorism in Israel, Judea and Samaria rose

    by over 300 percent in 2022! Truth be told, there is

    probably no place in the world that is completely safe

    for a Jew today. In light of this, I cannot understand

    how Mr. Fuld can make the assertions above about

    America and imply that if one moves to Israel one will

    be safer. I note that Mr. Fuld does not deal at all with

    the “spiritual” aspects of moving to Israel. Many years

    ago I asked Rav Dovid Kronglass, ZT”L, mashgiach of

    Ner Yisroel, about moving to EY. He told me that the

    land of EY has Kedusha. As a result, whatever Mitzvah

    one does there is more than doing the same Mitzvah

    in Chutz L’Aretz. However, whatever Aveira one

    does there is much worse than doing the same Aveira

    in Chutz L’Aretz. “You just don’t go to Eretz Yisroel.

    You have to be on the proper spiritual medraga to go

    there.” he concluded. I suspect that Rabbi Kronglass’s

    statements above are based on a Gemara in Brochos

    57a.. This Gemara as given in the Artscroll Mesechta

    Brochos is “ R’Zeira said, ‘I did not ascend from Babylonia

    to the Land of Israel until I saw the favorable sign

    of barley in a dream.’” The Artscroll commentary on

    this is “”Taking this as a sign that he had achieved a

    new level of purity, he now felt worthy of living in

    the elevated spiritual environment of the Land of Israel

    (Avnei Nezer to Yoreh Deah vol 2 §552; cf Maharsha).

    “ Is this not precisely the point that one must be on the

    proper spiritual level to live in Eretz Yisrael? Thus, any

    call for mass movement of Jews from the US to Israel is

    out of place unless it includes a call for real Teshuva and

    a deep and all encompassing chesbon hanefesh. Thus,

    in my opinion, Mr. Fulda’s OP Ed in last week’s issue

    of the Jewish Vues is most misleading.

    Professor Yitzchok Levine

    Vues Master’s Note: Could there be two opinions and

    both have a ring of truth to it?



    Dear Vues Master:

    I just wanted to acknowledge what a great person & baal tzedakah R’ Ben Zion (BZ) Weiss was. He was involved with so many tzedakah and organizations & will be missed by his family, the community & all of Klal Yisrael. Yehi Zichro Baruch.


    Vues Master’s Note: We will all miss his great avodas haKodesh!


    Dear Vues Master:

    Everyone knows and loves Rabbi Lavi Greenspan & the article that Ari Hirsch wrote on the chosson two weeks ago in The Jewish Vues was fantastic. It’s such a great story! Keep up the great work! I just want to wish Lavi & his kallah Nechama a big Mazel Tov from all your friends in Flatbush!!


    Vues Master’s Note: I second the motion! Love these letters!


    Dear Vues Master:

    I loved Rav Schachter’s article in the Jewish Vues called “A Kiddush Hashem?.” It was obvious that it was referring to Ryan Turel from the YU Macs that is now playing in the G League for Detroit. I want to know what Rav Schachter would pasken as far as Ryan wearing a kippah on Shabbos. We all know that he shouldn’t be playing on Shabbos because it’s not shabbosdic, but if he does play, is it better for him to be wearing the kippah on Shabbos or taking it off? Maybe he shouldn’t be wearing a kippah all the time. His teammates might question him why he wears his kippah all week long and not on Shabbos. Someone should ask Rav Schachter because it really wasn’t clear in the article.


    Vues Master’s Note: There is no answer! Rabbi Schachter will only answer the person himself. For us this article was a wake-up call!


    Dear Vues Master:

    Why do Yeshivas have so many add on expenses after charging so much for tuition? They charge extra for Shabbatons, Yearbook ads, trips, swag etc. It’s really not fair for parents that struggle to pay the high tuition price tag to begin with.


    Vues Master’s Note: Because Yeshivas can’t cover their expenses even after all this extra income.


    Dear Vues Master:

    Rabbi Elazar ben Azarya said: Torah scholars increase peace in the world – Tamid 32b A while ago I went to my son’s Rosh Yeshiva and asked him how come my son must do chazarah the moment I want to learn with him on Shabbos? He gave me a blank look!? I’m not asking him to carry my books to shul (carrying on Shabbos), I’m not even asking him to do something insignificant (getting me water), I’m asking him to learn with me (Talmud Torah, chavrusa and kibud av). Looking at me with a poker face!? I pay over $300 a month for his health insurance so what about hakarah hatov (gratitude)? Zombie look!? I host him for Shabbos and it says you are supposed to listen to the baal habayis (the host); three reasons to be with me and it is every three weeks. expressionless he says, what’s wrong with chazarah? incredulously, I said, I didn’t say anything is wrong with chazarh, he can do that later. Instead of trying to make peace he gave me a stone face until I just left. Looking back, I could have retorted, from Nadarim 37b, A father fulfills oneg (pleasure on) Shabbos when he is with his children and the Ran says a fathers can disturb his son’s chazara because it can be made up later. I don’t think that would have made a difference because he wasn’t interested in brokering peace between me and my son. I know because he only wants peace that benefits his wallet and honor and that is with my ex-wife who pays him to do her bidding. I will be borrowing an expression from one of my son’s rabbis: I HATE TO SAY THIS, but now I know where my son learned to become stoic. The reason, I hate to say this, is an anathema to me is because it’s a subtle way of ignoring and cancelling someone without them knowing. For example, my son’s teachers said to me, “I hate to say this, but you are crazy.” Being shocked, I’m thinking what do I say to that? Well, he is being organic and telling me what he thinks even though he really doesn’t want to. The best retort would have been, you have three fingers pointing back at yourself, but this was at the beginning of my journey, and I still thought he was a rabbi.


    Vues Master’s Note: Wow! You just don’t stop. You think we respect you when you bash Rabbonim?


    Dear Vues Master:

    Someone said, according to the Meiri, one should go to a Rosh Yeshiva for a bracha over a Rebbe because the Rosh Yeshiva is certainly a talmid chacham. My experience shows this to be just the opposite. The Torah says a talmid chacham brings shalom to the world and my son’s RY doesn’t even bring shalom between me and my son. The only shalom he cares about is between him and his students, at least the Rebbe cares about bringing peace to parents as well. Rav Avigdor Miller wasn’t a Rosh Yeshiva or a Rebbe, but he was a true talmid chacham. He wasn’t beholden to anyone and could speak the truth; truth is another characteristic of a talmid chacham. Besides having truth, he brought shalom to the world. For example, he was the only leader to adjourn his congregation not only to vote for Reagan but to also wear a button supporting him. If he had one thing to tell this generation, he would tell them to go home for Shabbos and get a blessing from your father.


    Vues Master’s Note: Now you are Rabbi Miller’s spokesman? How do you know what he would have said? You are consumed with hatred. You have no objectivity here. Neither do I but I don’t say that this is what Rabbi Miller would have said! I am not a navi and neither are you!


    Dear Vues Master:

    A woman came to see her shul’s Rabbi, complaining that she walks around with a constant headache from the tzuros she has from her husband and children, from her poor living conditions and from ill health. She moaned and cried for what seemed like hours. After getting her troubles off her chest, she declared: “Rabbi, it’s a miracle. My headache is gone.” “No,” the Rabbi responded, “it’s not gone. I have it now.”


    Vues Master’s Note: Maybe he should have worn a mask!


    Dear Vues Master:

    A woman told her husband that she bought a new hat. When he asked her how much it cost, she said $600. “It’s a sin to spend that much money on a hat,” he said. “Dear,” she said, “that sin will be on my head.”


    Vues Master’s Note: You hat to go there? Sins you did already will have to absorb the cost!


    Dear Vues Master:

    I have no idea why so many people make such a big deal about these expensive donuts during the week of Chanukah. I like the traditional jelly donut/sufganiyah. To pay $10 for a donut is crazy!


    Vues Master’s Note: Hey the word signifies it Dough you pay a lot of Dough and if you do so you are Nuts!


    Dear Vues Master:

    The government of Qatar reportedly has been pressuring Hamas—which it finances— to refrain from launching rockets into Israel during the World Cup soccer matches presently underway in the Gulf state. Sound familiar? The use of temporary deceit as a political weapon has a long and ignoble history. It originated with Grigory Alexandrovich Potemkin, a Russian cabinet minister who is said to have built fake villages—or deceptively redecorated existing ones—along the route traveled by Czarina Catherine II, during her visit to Crimea in 1787. As a result, Potemkin’s name has come to be associated with this particular kind of deceit. Soviet dictator Josef Stalin was a master at this game. In the 1920s and 1930s, Western visitors to the USSR were taken to see “Bolshevo,” which was presented as an example of a “progressive” Soviet prison that needed no walls or guards, because criminals were educated and inspired to become productive citizens. The Nobel laureate author George Bernard Shaw, duped by this fiction, claimed the only problem in dealing with a Bolshevo prisoner was “inducing him to come out at all” when his jail term concluded. In reality, Bolshevo had been created to impress foreigners. It was populated largely by informers whose reward was to live in the fake prison. Thus the slave labor camps of the Soviet gulag remained hidden from foreign eyes. During the Holocaust, the Nazis used Potemkin-style deception to help camouflage the mass murder of the Jews. In June 1944, Hitler invited a delegation from the International Red Cross to visit Theresienstadt (Terezin), the Jewish ghetto that had created in Czechoslovakia as a transit point for Jews being shipped to the gas chambers of Auschwitz. But the Nazis told the Red Cross that the camp was an “Endlager,” a final destination where Jewish prisoners lived happily. In The Terezin Diary of Gonda Redlich (edited by the late Prof. Saul S. Friedman), a Theresienstadt inmate described the Nazis’ preparations for the Red Cross visit: “They rain down order after order. Kindergarten children are to sing during the visit, the workers are to return home. Plays and cultural events and sporting activities must take place. Even the few lambs left here roam about on the grass around the city. The children, the workers, the sheep — a perfect idyll.” Another prisoner recalled: “A playground was laid out with sandboxes and swings, a

    ‘children’s pavilion’ was built and painted

    from inside with big wooden animals as

    toys. Behind a glass veranda you could

    see a dozen cribs. It was like a story book

    — but children were only allowed to enter

    this little paradise on the day the commission

    visited Theresienstadt.” Houses were

    freshly painted—but only the portions that

    would be visible to the Red Cross inspectors.

    The visitors’ final report to Red Cross

    headquarters characterized conditions in

    the camp as “relatively good.” Nobody

    seemed to wonder why the population of

    Theresienstadt at the time of the visit was

    30,000 less than what the Red Cross knew

    it had been just a few weeks earlier. In

    the 1950s, the North Korean regime built

    a village called Kijong-dong in the demilitarized

    zone separating North Korea from

    South Korea. The North Koreans called it

    a “peace village” that supposedly was inhabited

    by two hundred families, but to this

    day Kjong-dong actually has no civilian

    residents; it houses soldiers, artillery and

    underground bunkers. A Washington Post

    correspondent who visited the area in 1998

    reported that “if you squint through your

    binoculars, you’ll see that the buildings [in

    Kjong-dong] don’t even have glass in the

    windows. It’s a lie, a huge Potemkin village.”

    The sidewalks are empty; automatic

    timers turn lights on and off in the buildings

    in order to create the illusion that people

    live there. Perhaps the closest historical

    analogy to Qatar and its soccer matches

    was the Berlin Olympics of 1936. For

    Hitler, the Olympics were an opportunity

    to make the Nazi regime seem reasonable

    and distract from his oppression of German

    Jews. The antisemitic newspaper Der Sturmer

    was briefly removed from newsstands

    and “Jews Not Wanted” signs that had been

    posted along major thoroughfares were

    taken down. Once the games were over, the

    signs and the newspapers returned. Likewise,

    the Olympics hosted by China earlier

    this year gave the ruling regime a chance to

    turn the world’s attention away from what

    the U.S. has said is China’s genocidal persecution

    of its largely-Muslim Uyghur minority.

    In advance of the games, according

    to the Washington Post, the Beijing government

    even temporarily closed some of the

    notorious “re-education centers” where an

    estimated one million Ugyhurs have been

    interned. By now those centers undoubtedly

    have been reopened. We can expect the

    same thing from Qatar and Hamas. The Qatari

    government, which is the world’s largest

    financial supporter of Hamas, evidently

    has no problem with the firing of rockets

    from Gaza into Israeli nursery schools.

    The problem is merely a matter of timing.

    When the World Cup matches are over, the

    rocket attacks from Gaza undoubtedly will

    resume. Qatar has learned from Hitler, and

    too many other historical precedents, that

    the Free World is easily fooled.


    Vues Master’s Note: Could not have agreed

    with you anymore!


    Dear Vues Master:

    The prices for a sufganiyot are insane this

    year. A donut should not be selling for

    $4/$5 each. I know everything is more expensive.

    I know about inflation. But $5 for

    a doughnut? What does it cost a store to

    make a doughnut? This is robbery!!


    Vues Master’s Note: I got no response for

    the price of sufganiot! For the price of Donuts

    see my response in a previous letter!


    Dear Vues Master:

    Should a boss give a holiday gift to a worker

    that just started working for his company

    within the last 6 months?


    Vues Master’s Note: That would depend if

    the boss wants some extra effort!


    Dear Vues Master:

    Is it ok for people that lose weight to brag

    about it to their friends? I find it to be annoying.


    Vues Master’s Note: Well I am on a see

    food diet! I brag about it and it is getting

    easier and easier to see it. My stomach can

    now be seen even without glasses! To me I

    don’t say to food Weight and see it!




    Dear Vues Master

    While cashless bail and repeat offenders

    rule our streets, the City Council wants to

    force potentially dangerous criminals into

    the homes of law-abiding New Yorkers,

    including those looking to rent out their

    property. A bill called Intro. 632 would prohibit

    landlords from running criminal background

    checks on those applying to rent,

    buy or sublease apartments, effectively

    masking any potential danger some evicted

    felons bring with them. Yes, that includes

    murderers! If the bill passes, it would compromise

    the safety of New Yorkers as other

    tenants can end up living next door to serious

    criminals. The city would be stripping

    landlords of the ability to determine who

    they allow to live on their property, a right

    they should legally have. Landlords should

    be allowed to decide if a murderer can rent

    an apartment next to a family with five

    young children. I understand that might be

    a hard pill for some to swallow, but for most

    people, it is what we call common sense. I

    believe in second chances and would love

    to support a bill that prevents landlords

    from discriminating against those with a

    cleared record, especially with minor and

    non-violent offenses. However, this bill is

    not about second chances, it is about blindfolding

    landlords and law-abiding tenants

    by not allowing them to vet who moves in

    next door. This bill will disproportionately

    harm middle-class families, many of whom

    make a living by renting out their homes.

    No one should ever be forced to make the

    hard choice between safety and economic

    stability. Our city is in desperate need of

    an economic revival and increased safety.

    The intentions of this bill may come from

    a good place, but the outcome is going to

    be disastrous for New Yorkers. To not even

    allow a landlord the option, the opportunity,

    to see what kind of crime somebody

    has committed in the past is completely

    unreasonable and all it does is it puts the

    lives and safety of law-abiding citizens in

    danger. Instead of economic growth, the

    housing market will take another hit, one

    that we can no longer endure. Our politicians

    are tasked with creating commonsense

    policies that improve our city for everyone,

    not outlandish theoretical ideas that

    will never work in practice and create great

    harm for our citizens. I hope to work with

    my colleagues on a revised version that will

    provide past offenders with a real second

    chance, while at the same time upholding

    our promise to protect the people of our

    great city.

    Councilmember Inna Vernikov


    Dear Vues Master:

    Many years ago, three young immigrants,

    an electrician, a plumber and a tailor, came

    to the United States to seek their fortunes.

    They agreed to meet 5 years later to see

    how they were doing. The electrician drove

    up in a Chevy, the plumber in a Ford, and

    the tailor on a bicycle. After reminiscing,

    the tailor asked them for the secret of their

    success. Get a partner they told him; it

    can make all the difference in the world.

    He thanked them for the advice, and they

    agreed to meet ten years later. This time the

    electrician drove up in Lincoln, the plumber

    in a Caddy and the tailor in a Rolls Royce.

    Stunned, the electrician and plumber asked

    the tailor “What happened? How did you

    become so successful?” He responded: “I

    decided to take your advice and get a partner.

    But I didn’t know whom to take. So, I

    said ‘Lord whom shall I take as a partner?’

    and He answered ‘I’ll be your partner.’ So,

    we named the business Lord and Taylor.”


    Vues Master’s Note: This story never gets

    old! I chuckle every time I read it or hear it!



    Dear Vues Master From a Chabad Shliach….

    Awesome story.. Happy day after

    Chanukah! I’m still tired from the whirlwind

    of activities but I had to share this

    story with you. It was Saturday night around

    Midnight and our Chanukah booth in the

    Branscomb Residence hall was booming.

    My son Mendel (age 11) and I were dishing

    out hot crispy latkes, gelt, and big smiles

    to everyone who walked by and also offered

    people the chance to light their own Menorah.

    Over 150 students participated between

    9:30 PM and 1AM! Around midnight, while

    the Menorah table was glowing with a dozen

    lit Menorahs; a young man with distinctive

    Middle Eastern features walked over and

    started taking pictures of the Menorahs. He

    didn’t say hello or make eye contact. There

    could be many reasons why he wanted pictures,

    some not too pleasant. There was only

    one thing to do at that moment. I gave him

    a big smile “Happy Chanukah- Welcome!

    Would you like to participate? Well, he said.

    I’m from Gaza. My father is an observant

    Muslim … but my mother is from Jerusalem

    and Jewish but she doesn’t practice. I

    was raised Muslim. I asked him more about

    himself. His name is Osama, his family

    moved to Nashville, he goes to Tennessee

    State, and is a security guard at Vanderbilt

    during weekends. He was surprised to

    learn that according to the Torah he is Jewish.

    Once again there was only one thing to

    do in the moment. “Osama, would you like

    to light the Menorah? Can I get you some

    crispy Latkes?” This was Osama’s first time

    lighting the Menorah and he took a picture

    of himself lighting to send to his Jewish

    grandmother who lives in Jerusalem. He

    was so happy to do the Mitzvah; he gave me

    his phone number and wants to get together.

    The lights of the Menorah attract the Jewish

    soul and awaken the Jewish soul – no matter

    where it may be.

    Vues Master’s Note: Great story just in time

    for Chanukah! Thanks for sharing!