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    Dear Vues Master
    I just wanted to say that I think that there were

    more Lag Baomer celebrations this year through-
    out Brooklyn than ever before! It seemed that

    every corner in Flatbush & Boro Park had some-
    thing going on. They were all beautiful as well!

    Vues Masters Note: May the achdus bring the
    geulah that much sooner!

    Dear Vues Master:
    I was watching this past Monday afternoon the

    livestream of the concerts in Meron in Eretz Yis-
    rael. My son came into the room & asked me

    how I can watch the livestream when it’s still
    sefirah-day 32 for me in Chutz Laaretz. I didn’t
    know what to say. Was it a problem for me to
    watch it at 4pm New York time? It was on all the
    Jewish websites?
    Vues Master’s Note: Really one can’t listen to
    music till after Shacharis! I guess sefira has been

    cut to two weeks. People get married till the sec-
    ond day Rosh Chodesh and from Lag Baomer

    and on. Sad!

    Dear Vues Master:
    Second Chance, Second Name We have recently
    observed on the fourteenth day of Iyar, Pesach

    Sheini, sometimes called Pesach Koton. I actu-
    ally enjoy Pesach Sheini even more than its fa-
    mous predecessor Pesach Rishon. It has none

    of the hard work; yet it has all the rewards. One

    doesn’t have to clean and scour the house to pre-
    pare. Well, anyway, it’s not a mitzva to do so.

    Yet, we enjoy the eating of Matzah and drink-
    ing four koises of grape juice. I even eat Maror.

    Well, only the green stuff – Romaine Lettuce;

    not the more pungent white stuff. I warm up the
    Matzah in the microwave to have Erev Pesach
    Sheini baked matzas. I even eat some Pesach
    cake as it says in the posuk, “Ugois Matzas” –
    cake and Matzas. The Shabbos before is called
    Shabbos Ha’Koton – the Shabbos before Pesach
    Koton. I didn’t set aside the Afikomen but the
    kid who stole the Afikomen during the Seder of
    the Pesach Rishon gave it back to me on Pesach
    Sheini. After I finish, I sing, “Chasal Siddur
    Pesach Sheini ka’hilchusoi. The reason we have
    Pesach Sheini is to accommodate the people
    who are Tamei or are far away. As for Tamei,
    we are considered Tamei now; so it should be
    important. As for being far away, it could mean
    physically far away. The people who lived in
    China were very far away. In fact, the observed
    it for a long time as Pesach Chiyni. The meaning
    of far away could also mean in a spiritual sense.
    Someone who was so far away spiritually that he

    didn’t bring a Korban Pesach in Nissan. How-
    ever, we don’t give up on him but offers another

    opportunity to improve his avoda. As Avrohom
    Rosenblum said during Hasc 27 concert, “we all
    get another chance.” Another chance, a Second
    chance. In case you were wondering, I have a
    personal reason to emphasize all this observance.
    See, my Second name is Pesach.
    Vues Master’s Note: Don’t quit your day job!

    Dear Vues Master:
    This past Shabbos at the Coronation of King
    Charles III, Chief Rabbi of England, Rabbi
    Ephraim Mirvis went into a church. I thought
    that was not allowed according to Jewish Law. Is
    this an exception?
    Vues Master’s Note: I don’t know and I have yet
    to hear a source for this!

    Dear Vues Master:
    A Rabbi went to the home of a
    wealthy man to ask for tzedakah for
    poor people. The man had a heart of
    stone and the rebbie had to speak with
    him for an hour before the man finally

    coughed up a donation. When the reb-
    be’s Chasidim heard that he actually

    received money from this miser, they
    exclaimed: “The power of our rebbie
    is greater than the power of Moshe
    Rabbeinu. He extracted water from
    the stone; our rebbie extracted money
    from the stone.”
    Vues Master’s Note: I bet you the guy
    could extract his tooth!

    Dear Vues Master:

    A kindergarten teacher was walk-
    ing around the classroom to see how

    the children were doing with their

    drawing. “Leah, what are you draw-
    ing?” the Moreh asked. “I’m draw-
    ing angels,” the little girl answered.

    “But Leah,” the moreh said, “no one
    knows what angels look like.” Leah
    lifted her head from her drawing and
    said: “Right, but they soon will.”
    Vues Master’s Note: Artisan Challah!

    Dear Vues Master:
    A congregant complained to his Rav
    that he’s within the year for his father
    but the congregants won’t let him be
    chazzan. When the Rav asked why, he
    said that the congregants thought his
    voice wasn’t good and that he took
    too long. The Rav responded that

    “All you are required to say is kad-
    dish. Your father made you a yasom,

    not a chazzan.”
    Vues Master’s Note: Sad but the truth.
    Too many people fighting to daven for
    the amud!

    Dear Vues Master:
    It seems that wherever you go this
    past week people are talking about

    the new Jewish Matchmaker show
    on Netflix. I can’t believe people
    are enjoying this show. It’s mamush
    shmutz. It’s reality TV at its worst &
    it does not show a real representation
    of what shadchanus looks like in the
    frum world. I have no idea why the
    shadchan participated in this show. It
    really makes Klal Yisrael look like all
    the other nations of the world. We are
    not. We are the Am Hanivchar!!!

    Vues Master’s Note: It is interest-
    ing where I live no one spoke about

    it! This is the first time I am hearing
    about it! Maybe it is time to find new
    neighbors who don’t have a TV!

    Dear Vues Master:
    This is a letter from the heart surgeon

    Dr. Eitan Keizman, who saved Maay-
    an Domenovich’s heart block after

    his death. “Dear Domenovich Family,
    I don’t know you and you are not me.
    My name is Eitan and I specialize in

    pediatric heart surgery. Last Wednes-
    day, on Israel’s Independence Day, I

    heard along with the entire nation of

    Israel the terrible news. I didn’t imag-
    ine that in the evening I would get a

    call from the transplant coordinator
    asking me to meet Ma’ayan… She
    asked if I would agree to save his dear
    good innocent heart for the sake of a

    drug donation. Despite the huge bur-
    den I felt, I agreed to one and stood up

    that night in the operating room to do

    it (together with Alina Levy, respon-
    sible for the donations of the heart

    attack). Eila, Elia, the Domenovich
    family, I have no words to describe
    how beautiful and pure was from his
    perfect eye and heart. I want to give
    it to you so that I drive it gently to
    no end. With dedication of soul. In an
    endless ripple. I made sure that not
    even a scar would remain. That night,
    as a fresh father myself, Ma’ayan was
    my dearest thing. And I want you to
    know, Eila, that the deed you did is
    indescribably sublime. The powers of
    your soul no longer exist in our world.
    Since Wednesday night I feel a little
    different. I feel that Ma’ayin goes

    with me everywhere, and I promise
    you, Ma’ayin’s heart will save the
    hearts of two babies that will need the

    spring as air for breathing. I’m send-
    ing recovery wishes to all of you. Not

    a day goes by that I don’t think of you
    and pray for your healing. I’ve been

    privileged to help without a few chil-
    dren. I feel in all my heart, that the

    right to take care of the spring, is the
    greatest I’ve ever had in my life. His
    light walks with me… “
    Vues Master’s Note: Very nice! Mi
    Kamcha Yisrael!

    Dear Vues Master:
    A recent New York Times feature
    about a troubled World War II veteran
    has inadvertently shed fresh light on

    the Roosevelt administration’s re-
    fusal to bomb the railways leading to

    Auschwitz. The story also implicitly
    undermines one of the major themes
    of the recent Ken Burns documentary
    about America’s response to the Nazi
    genocide. According to the Times,
    Brooklyn resident John Wenzel, who
    will soon celebrate his 100th birthday,

    had never wanted to discuss his war-
    time service. But recently he began

    suffering nightmares about it, prompt-
    ing him and his daughters to examine

    a long-unopened box of letters that he
    wrote to his family during his time

    in Europe. Wenzel was a fighter pi-
    lot who flew bombing missions over

    German-occupied northern Italy and
    southern Austria in early 1945. His

    targets, the Times article noted, in-
    cluded “Axis railroad cars,” “a rail

    line,” and “stalled enemy train cars.”
    He was wounded—and subsequently
    awarded two Purple Hearts—while
    providing air support for soldiers
    “pushing toward a rail hub.” Here’s
    how Wenzel’s story intersects with the
    Holocaust. Contemporary defenders
    of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s
    Holocaust record argue that there was
    no point in bombing the railways to
    Auschwitz—over which hundreds of
    thousands of Jews were deported to
    their deaths—because the Germans

    sometimes were able to repair rail-
    way lines fairly quickly. Ken Burns

    promoted that claim in his recent
    film, “The U.S. and the Holocaust.”

    The reality, however, is that the Al-
    lies constantly bombed railway lines

    throughout Europe, despite the possi-
    bility of the Germans repairing them.

    Bombing railways, including the
    bridges along their routes, consumed
    no less than 32% of the bomb tonnage
    utilized in the Allies’ entire strategic
    air campaign in Europe. John Wenzel
    was just one of more than 165,000
    American pilots who graduated basic
    flight training in World War II. Yet
    the bombing of Axis railway targets
    in Europe was so common that when

    the New York Times picked one pi-
    lot’s story to spotlight, sure enough

    he was among those involved in the

    railway attacks. When the Allies be-
    gan preparing to invade Italy in 1943,

    they carried out extensive bomb-
    ing of enemy transportation routes

    there. Likewise, during the months
    before the crucial D-Day landings in

    1944, American and British pilots at-
    tacked railway targets across France,

    Belgium, and western Germany. By

    D-Day, France’s railways were func-
    tioning at just 10% of their normal

    capacity. The impact of these raids

    was felt in many ways. The Ger-
    mans were forced to divert tens of

    thousands of laborers from military

    construction in order to repair dam-
    aged railroads. Trains carrying army

    supplies were stranded for long pe-
    riods of time, and some war materi-
    als remained in warehouses for lack

    of transportation to the front. Hitler’s
    Ardennes offensive (the Battle of the

    Bulge) was repeatedly postponed be-
    cause damage to transportation routes

    prevented resupplying German troops
    there. Air strikes on rail marshaling

    yards destroyed freight cars, locomo-
    tives, and military goods awaiting

    shipment. As a result, many German
    army units went into battle without
    adequate equipment or personnel. Of

    the 2,100 tanks manufactured by Ger-
    man factories in the autumn of 1944,

    less than half reached German forces.

    The quality of their weaponry also
    was affected, because disruptions to
    the rail lines interfered with testing
    and modifying armaments. Army
    morale was affected, too; military
    leaves for many German soldiers
    were suspended for lack of trains.
    The pre-D-Day focus on railways

    was so successful that the Allies de-
    cided to move transportation systems

    up to second on their priority list in
    the strategic bombing campaign in

    1944. These massive Allied air at-
    tacks on railways and related targets

    were taking place at the same time
    that Jewish leaders were pleading
    for the bombing of the railways and
    bridges leading to Auschwitz. Later
    that year, Allied air attacks targeted
    and destroyed 20 rail centers, 113
    bridges, and 28,000 railroad cars
    in German’s Ruhr region, its major

    source of coal. The result was a re-
    duction in coal production by two-
    thirds, and a significant depletion

    of coal stockpiles—a major blow to
    the German war effort. The ripple

    effects included shutdowns in vari-
    ous other industries. The Strategic

    Bombing Survey, an internal analy-
    sis conducted by U.S. government

    experts, concluded that the target-
    ing of transportation routes in Ruhr

    and elsewhere in 1944 “was the most
    important single cause of Germany’s
    ultimate economic collapse.” Yet
    when American Jewish organizations
    asked the Roosevelt administration
    to bomb a few specific railway lines
    and bridges leading to Auschwitz,
    U.S. officials claimed that would be
    an unjustified “diversion” from the
    war effort—even though German
    troops and war material traveled on
    those same routes, in addition to the

    deported Jews. Was the administra-
    tion’s refusal based on the possibility

    that the Germans might try to repair
    the railways? Obviously not. The
    refusal was rooted in the Roosevelt
    administration’s view that military
    resources should never be used to

    assist Jewish refugees, even if it in-
    volved nothing more than targeting a

    handful of railways and bridges—at

    the very moment that Allied pilots
    were constantly being sent to bomb
    so many other railways, as the New
    York Times feature on John Wenzel
    reminds us.
    Rafael Medoff
    Vues Master’s Note: Thanks for the
    history lesson!

    Dear Vues Master:
    You shall each revere his mother and
    his father, and keep My Sabbaths: I
    am the Lord your G-d. Kedoshim
    19:3 And keep my Sabbaths —
    Scripture places the commandment

    of observing the Sabbath immedi-
    ately after that of fearing one’s father

    in order to suggest the following:

    “Although I admonish you regard-
    ing the fear due to your father, yet

    if he bids you: “Desecrate the Sab-
    bath”, do not listen to him” — and

    the same is the case with any of the
    other commandments. (Rashi) I am
    the Lord your G-d — both you and

    your father are equally bound to hon-
    or Me! Do not therefore obey him

    if it results in making My words of
    no effect, — What is implied in the
    term “revere”? That one should not
    sit in his seat, nor speak in his stead,
    nor contradict his words. And what
    is implied in the term Honor? That
    the child gives the parents to eat and
    to drink, provides them with clothes
    and shoes, leads them into the room
    and out if they are infirm. I usually
    hear this Rashi quoted in a way that
    is limiting, that this is all you have
    to do. However, this is not the case

    because the rabbis say this is a dif-
    ficult mitzvah. Only once I heard of

    a father telling his son to do work on
    Shabbos but that was an irreligious
    father who didn’t think it was wrong.
    It isn’t called going against the Torah
    if a father disagrees with a rabbi. The
    hava mina (the initial thought) from

    the above verse is that one should lis-
    ten to his father and the verse is com-
    ing to give the father clout and not

    diminish it.

    Vues Master’s Note: Once again you
    are on a one track mission and you
    are barking up the wrong tree!

    Dear Vues Master:
    Knowledge is always in proportion
    to the confusion that preceded it.

    Meaning the more something is ab-
    surd or seen as a contradiction the

    greater the understanding when the
    answer is found. If a person isn’t
    bothered by the question, then there
    is no enlightenment by the answer.
    That is why the father tries to elicit
    confusion by the seder so that the

    children should appreciate the an-
    swer. However, there is an opposing

    concept that people are happy when
    doubt is removed. People don’t like

    to be in doubt or confusion. The par-
    adox is that confusion is a prerequi-
    site to learning but people don’t want

    to be confused. Most confusion hap-
    pens on a subconscious level. For in-
    stance, a doctor might say things that

    don’t make sense, but you don’t want
    to entertain the thought that he might
    be incompetent or malicious because
    your best friend recommended him,
    he is a relative or you waited months
    to see him. So you assuage the
    doubts with backwards logic. Oh, he

    is probably tired, in a hurry, or hun-
    gry. Only after the fact, do you won-
    der how you didn’t see the red flags.

    Here is a remedy if you suffer from
    making the same mistakes over and
    over again. Start by listening to your
    father and don’t talk back to him. A
    father is going to tell you what he
    thinks because has nothing he wants
    from you except to teach you. He is
    bound to say things that are going to
    upset you. Getting upset is a good
    sign that means you aren’t totally
    brainwashed. Don’t even show him

    a sour face. Hold on to that uneasi-
    ness or confusion as long as you can.

    Eventually it will get easier to do so.
    Soon you won’t be making decisions
    from your amygdala but from your
    frontal lobe where rational decisions

    are made. Here is an important ca-
    veat. If your mother tells you not to

    listen to your father or grandparents,
    don’t follow their instructions or tell
    them what you think. In divorces

    a child usually sides with the un-
    healthy parent because they know

    how to manipulate their children’s
    emotions. An unhealthy parent
    knows how to surreptitiously remove
    doubt from their children and at the
    same time make them think they
    made an independent decision. So
    they feel on top of the world and will
    censor the other parent because they

    don’t want to go into a state of confu-
    sion. Here is an example of two di-
    vorced parents. A normal father who

    has custody: “I know you don’t want
    to go swimming with your mother’s
    date, but you will be honoring her by
    going.” As opposed to the unhealthy
    mother, “Don’t call your dad!” The
    former the child has to deal with an
    uneasy decision while the latter he
    doesn’t have to think.
    Vues Master’s Note: Sad that you are
    getting nowhere!

    Dear Vues Master:
    A Kohen may be מטמא to only his
    seven* relatives. Harav Hagaon R.
    Shlomo Miller Shlita said, There are
    many Kohanim who are unaware that
    if the relative who died was not Frum

    & wasn’t a Tinok Shenishba; the Ko-
    hen may not be Metame to them. ח

    ג“שע ד“יו ’This can be very applica-
    ble if the person went off the Derech.

    one דאורייתא is טומאת כהנים Being
    may not be lenient about it. (A Rav
    should be consulted)
    Vues Master’s Note: We should not
    have such Shailos!