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    Dear Vues Master:
    Am I the only one that’s bothered that when I go to

    daven at a matzevah everyone is facing the matze-
    vah. Shouldn’t we be davening toward mizrach,

    east bound, toward Eretz Yisrael? It seems to me
    that when we daven toward the matzevah it’s like
    avodah zarah.

    Vues Master’s Note: Well we don’t daven to the kev-
    er, some hold one should not daven at a kever!

    Dear Vues Master:

    We don’t know why. Over the last few days the Jew-
    ish people around the world have lost children in the

    most horrific ways. I would give anything to under-
    stand. I just don’t understand. THEY ARE CHIL-
    DREN. I don’t know Hashem’s ways and I’ll never

    know. We just don’t understand the pain HaShem
    puts into this world. I haven’t slept, I haven’t been
    able to think, I haven’t been able to write. I’ve had
    trouble learning and davening. All I’ve been doing
    is trying to escape. I’ve been looking to just escape
    the pain. I know I’m not the only one. I’ve hugged,
    cried, and tried to find solace with so many parents
    since Erev Shabbat. It’s been a futile effort. The
    loss of a child shouldn’t be that devastating- after
    all, we’ve only known them a short amount of time.
    Compare the short amount of time we know a child
    to the decades we’ve known a parent, and it would
    make sense for the pain of losing a parent to far out
    shadow the pain of losing a child. Yet, the pain of
    watching children, other people’s children, die has
    been unbearable.
    Our children are our investment,
    Our children are our dreams,
    Our children are our future,
    Our children are our legacy,
    Our children are our hopes,
    Our children are our comfort on horrific days,
    Our children are our second chances at a better life.

    When a child passes we lose all of the above. It
    doesn’t matter how young they were or how little
    time we had with them. Our children are our lives,
    they are what we love for, and when their time is cut
    short, we are cut short. I don’t know why HaShem
    thought it best to have a world with the potential for
    so much pain and I don’t think I’ll ever understand.
    All I know is that it hurts and I want the pain to stop.
    I need it to stop, we need it to stop.
    Vues Master’s Note: How true!
    Dear Vues Master:
    I suspect most people are like me, having grown a
    thick skin around terrorism, and don’t allow news of

    attacks to change our emotions. Like many, I get an-
    gry and frustrated by the news of an attack, but more

    than that? not much. The same was true for me on
    Erev Shabbos when the news of this attack came up
    on my feeds. I got angry and wanted vengeance, but
    nothing more. I had a wonderful Shabbos like most
    weeks and didn’t discuss the attacks. When Shabbos
    was over and I checked the news, I learned that an 8
    year old died. I mentioned how tragic it was to Aliza
    and continued cleaning up the Shabbat dishes. Then
    I saw this headline. I hadn’t known the six and eight
    year old in the attack were brothers. I don’t know
    why, but when I read that these two children were

    brothers. I collapsed on to my couch and began cry-
    ing. How does a family experience this horror? How

    can you go on after losing a child while having an-
    other one in critical care and hanging on to life, and

    then losing a second child???? I don’t know how to
    handle this news. My brain simply can’t process it.
    All I have is tears. As a nation we’ve been through
    so much tragedy and while I know we’ll get through
    this one too, I just don’t know how we overcome
    this. It’s just too much.
    Vues Master’s Note: It is part of terrorism is to make
    us all immune to it

    Dear Vues Master:
    At a wedding reception I recently
    attended someone said, “All the
    marreid men please stand next to
    the one who has made your life
    worth living.” The bartender was
    nearly crushed to death.
    Vues Master’s Note: Wow! I’ll drink
    to that!
    Dear Vues Master:
    Yitzchok didn’t have much of an

    education but needed to make a liv-
    ing. Getting a job was very difficult.

    He was almost hired as a Shamash,

    when the shul found out he was illit-
    erate and turned him down. Unable

    to find a job, he went peddling from
    door to door and, having a good
    head and a good personality, was
    very successful. Soon, he opened
    a store and then another. Within a
    few years, he had a dozen stores in
    the northeast. When he went to the
    bank for financing, the manager was

    stunned to discover that this suc-
    cessful businessman couldn’t even

    write his name. “Just think what you

    could have been if you had an edu-
    cation,” the manager said. “Yes,”

    said Isaac, “I’d be a shamash.”
    Vues Master’s Note: I’m sure he

    was more educated than the aver-
    age public school kid these days!

    Dear Vues Master:
    I have to share this. 4 years ago
    as I was driving home from work

    in Brooklyn, I passed an intersec-
    tion with a green light. A cop came

    running through a red light and
    smashed into my car. My car was
    totaled. The cop lied saying that I
    ran a red light. He ended up suing
    me for 300k and he got me into a

    bunch of other trouble. He then re-
    peated a bunch of lies under oath

    at depositions. I filed complaints

    with the NYPD but I was told until
    I have proof that the cop lied there’s

    no recourse. This story left me feel-
    ing there’s no justice in this world

    and people can just get away with
    lying. The cop’s name was Adeed
    Fayaz. This week was his funeral.
    He got killed by a criminal.
    Vues Master’s Note: Wow! What
    goes round comes round!
    Dear Vues Master:
    Isn’t it contradictory to run ads for
    food establishments that are selling
    meals for the Super Bowl and then
    turn the page and read an article by
    rabbi shay tahan clearly explaining

    why it’s forbidden to watch the stu-
    pid bowl. About another thing, the

    DG letters from a frustrated father.
    I know the family, the yeshiva and
    the whole situation and you need to
    know that the boy will not agree to
    communicate with his father until
    the letter writing stops. That is not
    the way to make peace here. So
    please don’t publish his letters and
    advise him to see a good life coach

    who can help him mend his rela-
    tionship with his son. Thank you

    Vues Master’s Note: We publish all
    sides! We let our educated readers
    Dear Vues Master:
    The sons of a Momar who died

    came to the Chevra Kadisha, seek-
    ing to buy a plot to bury their father.

    “Our father instructed us to bury
    him in a Jewish cemetery,” they
    said. The Chevra Kadisha didn’t
    know what to do. These brothers

    were well-connected with the Gov-
    ernment, but how could they agree

    to have this מומר be buried in a Jew-
    ish grave? After reflecting for a few

    moments, the head of the Chevra
    Kadisha agreed to sell them a plot,
    but quoted them an exorbitant price.

    “What!!!?” they exclaimed. “For
    that price, we could buy the whole
    cemetery.” The head of the Chevra
    Kadisha responded: “That may be
    so. But it’s only fair. In the future,
    all of the dead will arise and leave
    the cemetery, except for the מומרים

    and therefore your father will for-
    ever have the entire cemetery to

    Vues Master’s Note: You could just
    Dear Vues Master:
    Depending on where you are for
    pesach its very possible you may
    need to buy extra matza this year!!
    Pesach ends on thursday night (in
    chutz laaretz) and that doesn’t leave
    much time to procure challahs for
    Shabbos. I don’t think everybody’s
    Rebbetzin wants to stay up a whole
    night preparing for shabbos and also
    baking challahs. They were busy
    enough with that erev yom tov. If

    you are away for Yom Tov you bet-
    ter be able to trust the people who

    are providing food that the challos

    were baked without chometz sheov-
    or olav HaPesach.

    Vues Master’s Note: Oy! We are not
    up to Purim yet! Don’t scare me!
    Dear Vues Master:

    A father and son went to buy mer-
    chandise. The father bargained for

    every penny with the seller. “Dad,
    I don’t understand, we’re buying
    on credit and you and I both know

    that you have no intention of pay-
    ing. Why are you bargaining so

    strongly?” His father answered:
    “Son, he’s a nice man and I feel
    sorry for him. I want to minimize
    his loss.”

    Vues Master’s Note: How consider-

    Dear Vues Master:
    An old man buried his third wife.
    Shortly thereafter, he took a fourth.
    Tongues were wagging at how he
    keeps getting remarried. “Why is it
    an issue?” he asked. “If the
    עולם של רבונו sees fit to take
    the women whom I marry, why
    shouldn’t I?”
    Vues Master’s Note: Wow! What
    chizuk! There is hope for everyone!
    Dear Vues Master:
    Sforno on Shemos 18:7 – “And
    Moshe went out”, Moses did not

    stand on ceremony, using his po-
    sition to await the arrival of his

    father-in-law, Yisro, but went out
    to greet him. We find that Queen
    Esther, similarly, did not use her
    elevation to Royalty as an excuse
    to no longer defer to Mordechai
    who had raised her. Yoseph also did
    not use his exalted position to look
    down on his brothers. The Chief of
    the butlers, who had reason to be
    grateful to Yoseph, is an example of

    ingratitude, as we know from Ber-
    ashis 40,23, “he did not remember

    Yoseph, in fact he erased him from
    his memory.” – Sefaria Let’s play

    the game of Clue. Here are the char-
    acters and the choice is if the “but-
    ler” or “brother” did it? Yisro was

    indirectly responsible for Moshe’s
    speech defect as he told Pharaoh to
    test him using a hot coal. Yisro also
    put Moshe in a ditch for ten years.
    Despite all this, Moshe went out
    to meet his father-in-law and even
    bowed down to him. Wow, such a
    father-in-law get’s this reception

    but a father, me, who gently disci-
    plined his son gets shunned. Morde-
    chai raised Queen Esther and went

    to the palace every day to see her.
    Wow, as a devoted father, I took
    my son out of second grade when
    the school didn’t stop the abuse. I

    successfully homeschooled him to
    the chagrin of those who wanted
    to control us with threats. I didn’t
    demand the minimum $25 child
    support from my ex-wife, and I let
    her see him whenever she wanted.
    I used my meager income to get
    him, among other things, music
    lessons. I was his cook, confident
    and chauffeur. After a day’s work I
    would drive to Queens to pick him
    up and go back to Brooklyn for Rav
    Shlomo Brevda’s shiurim. Yoseph,
    the leader, did not look down on his
    brother; even though he was sold by
    them. Wow, I sold my son’s Legos
    and now he looks down on me by
    not coming to my house for Pesach.
    Who is the culprit? Is it my son the
    “butler” or his mom the “brother”?
    It is the mom, she is the “brother”
    who sold him to the Yeshiva. My

    son is not the “butler” with bad mid-
    dos (traits). He is a captive like Es-
    ther and he doesn’t know good from

    bad because his MOM is behind ev-
    erything. Turn over the word WOW

    and see she is behind the scenes.
    Vues Master’s Note: True! But why
    mess up your shtikel by bashing a
    Jewish Mother!
    Dear Vues Master:
    What is the significance of the first
    and fifth commandments being
    bookends on the first set of luchos
    (tablets)? To teach that everything
    in between them applies to both
    of them. For instance, 1. You shall
    have no other g-ds before me. – Just
    like you should have no other G-d
    so you should have no other father.
    Meaning He is your G-d after the

    Holocaust, and he is your father af-
    ter punishment. 2. Thou shalt not

    make unto thee any graven images.
    – Parents should be the first picture
    to grace your walls after marriage.
    Also, a father can elevate a rabbi to

    father status, but a rabbi can’t ele-
    vate himself to that status. 3. Thou

    shalt not take the name of the Lord
    thy G-d in vain. – This is a warning
    for fathers not to lecture, threaten or
    warn their children lest they use it in
    vain. Instead, teach by example and

    don’t let a misdeed go without con-
    sequence. 4. Remember the Sabbath

    day and keep it Holy – Remember
    your father’s mesora (traditions)

    and keep it alive. 5. Honor your fa-
    ther and mother. – Honoring your

    father and mother is honoring G-d
    so parents should bite their tongue
    and let them honor you even if you
    feel unworthy or embarrassed by it.
    Vues Master’s Note: Part of this
    is having a harmonious home and
    if you can’t get along with your
    spouse you can’t expect your child
    to respect you!
    Dear Vues Master:
    All these Super Bowl parties feel
    like the Gemara when it says that
    you could be metaher a sheretz 150
    different ways!
    Keep this stuff away!
    Vues Master’s Note: You are right
    but once you have people already
    into the game it is probably worth
    hooking them up with some Torah!
    Dear Vues Master:
    Looking for an apartment is never

    easy. David and Sarah had an es-
    pecially difficult time, however.

    Blessed with seven children, they
    needed a large apartment. However,
    each time they found one, they were

    rejected because they were not go-
    ing to lie when asked the size of their

    family. It was getting frustrating.
    One morning before going to see
    yet another apartment, David asked

    Sarah to take the four younger chil-
    dren for a visit to the cemetery. He

    went with the other three to check
    out a beautiful apartment and was
    promptly asked by the landlord how

    many children he had. “Seven,” he
    responded, but four are with their
    dear mother in the cemetery.” They
    moved in the next day!

    Vues Master’s Note: Then the land-
    lord learned how there is techiyas

    hameisim in our day and age!
    Dear Vues Master:
    כבד את אביך מכבדו בחייו ומכבדו במותו
    The Gemara (Kiddushin 31b) says,

    After a person mentions his de-
    ceased father, he should add

    זכרונו לברכה לחיי העולם הבא
    The א“מהרש writes, saying
    adding without זכרונו לברכה
    הבא העולם לחיי can be said even on
    a live person.
    Vues Master’s Note: Keep em alive
    Dear Vues Master:
    After delivering a brilliant lecture on
    quantum physics and the theory of

    relativity, Albert Einstein was com-
    plimented by a student for making

    his thesis so understandable. “But
    what reason do you have to look so
    glum?” the student asked. “Plenty
    of reason,” Einstein answered. “My
    wife doesn’t understand me.“

    Vues Master’s Note: You see it hap-
    pens to everyone, not just me!

    Dear Vues Master:
    Years ago, there were some Poskim
    who opposed displaying Gedolim
    pictures. Today almost all hold

    that it is acceptable to do so. Look-
    ing at pictures of Gedolim might

    help us & our children to identify
    with them and may have a positive
    effect. However, if these pictures
    are used to perform miracles such
    as chasing away Mr.Schwartz & his
    family from looting your property,
    or getting rid of the mice in your
    kitchen or preventing Covid19 from
    entering your home, then we must
    ask why wouldn’t it be considered
    זרה עבודה .Surely there will be
    some who will be able to come
    up with a סברא לומדישע why it
    is מותר and do away one of the
    חמורות‘ ג with just a simple סברא .
    When they made the הזהב עגל
    in the מדבר ,then too there were
    those who defended it with some
    made up סברא why it is not an זרה
    .לשם שמים done but עבודה
    Vues Master’s Note: All I know is
    that it messed up my mouse on my