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    Dear Vues Master:
    This past Sunday I took my family for the first time
    to the Israeli Day Parade. Overall I thought it was

    really nice. It just bothered me that they had To-
    evah groups marching as well.


    Vues Master’s Note: Well no one claimed the Is-
    raeli government and Israeli supreme court are not

    leftists! When it comes to Yiddishkeit they are ter-

    Dear Vues Master:
    I was amazed that Rabbi Bergman shlita was able
    to still go to the Aderei HaTorah in Philadelphia
    after his son was niftar erev Shabbos.
    Vues Master’s Note: A true Baal Halacha!

    Dear Vues Master:
    Who is like the Jewish people? This past Sunday
    morning I was in New York City at the Celebrate
    Israel Parade and then I drove to Philadelphia for
    the Adirei Hatorah celebration of Torah study and
    those who study Torah. What an impressive day

    for American Jewry. Celebrating the State of Is-
    rael and Torah study in one day! L’Shana Haba

    B’Yerushalayim Habinuya!
    Vues Master’s Note: Let us hope we celebrate in
    Eretz Yisroel without the Chilonim! Or better yet
    let us hope they do teshuva quickly before the Goel
    Tzedek comes!

    Dear Vues Master:

    I just heard a great story about Maran Rav Ger-
    shon Edelstein zt”l that I think your readers will

    enjoy. For over seventy years, the Ponevezh Rosh

    yeshiva, Maran Rav Gershon Edelstein zt”l, served
    as ba’al toke’a (shofar blower) in Ponevezh on
    Rosh Hashanah. Rav Gershon relied on Rav Tzvi

    Greinemann, son of Rav Meir Greinemann, regard-
    ing the kashrus of the shofars due to his expertise

    in the matter. In recent years, Rav Gershon used
    only shofars belonging to Rav Tzvi, which were

    on loan to Rav Gershon at his residence on Re-
    chov Raavad in Bnei Brak. Less than two hours

    after his petirah, on the morning of the levayah,
    Rav Tzvi was contacted by Rav Gershon’s family,
    who inquired about his whereabouts and informed

    him that they were sending someone immediate-
    ly to bring him the shofars. The family members

    explained that there was a tzavaah from the rosh
    yeshiva that all borrowed items in his possession

    must be returned to their owners before the kev-
    urah. Rav Tzvi thus received the shofars. A few

    years ago, Rav Gershon’s shofar became damaged
    and he turned to Rav Greinemann expressing his
    need for a new shofar. Rav Greinemann provided

    him with two excellent shofars. The agreement be-
    tween them was that the shofars would remain in

    the possession of Rav Greinemann and Rav Ger-
    shon had permission to blow them. Years passed.

    Yesterday, as mentioned, a messenger arrived and
    stated that Rav Gershon requested that before his
    kevurah, the shofars be returned.
    Vues Master’s Note: This story just blows my mind!
    Just kidding, a great story thanks for sharing!

    Dear Vues Master:

    Harold heard that Larry got divorced for religious rea-
    sons. “Is it true?” he asked. “Yes, it is,” Larry said.

    “Sylvia worshipped money and I didn’t have any.”
    Vues Master’s Note: Little did he know what the
    court system would cost and alimony!

    Dear Vues Master:
    Albert Einstein said: “The world will
    not be destroyed by those who do
    evil, but by those who watch them
    without doing anything.” I feel it is
    applicable the same way as during

    the holocaust in our day where fam-
    ily values and religion are being at-
    tacked and we are quiet!

    Vues Master’s Note: You are so right.
    We need more voices like yours!

    Dear Vues Master:
    In the Jewish Vues May 31, 2023 R.
    Efrem Goldberg says, “Each of you

    will likely have somewhere com-
    fortable and convenient to go for

    Shabbos: maybe a sibling, or aunt or

    uncle or grandparents or close fam-
    ily friend. Go to them, enjoy, spend

    time with family. But don’t go there
    exclusively and don’t even go there

    mostly. Use your year or years in Is-
    rael to explore the beautiful tapestry

    of Klal Yisroel.” Rabbi Miller said in
    1977, “I think that it’s a good idea in
    general to keep your children home
    because you don’t know – even in a
    frum house you don’t know what’s
    going to happen to your child. If
    you’re around, you’ll scold him

    and tell him not to go into the gut-
    ter, but people are afraid to scold

    somebody else’s child and now your
    child is running off into the street. It
    doesn’t pay to let your child go away
    for Shabbos. It’s a practice today
    among the Orthodox, but I certainly

    don’t approve of it. Keep your chil-
    dren home.” Rav Moshe rebuked a

    young relative of his, who came to
    learn in New York, about eating a
    meal by his friend instead of by him
    or another relative. He said eating
    Shabbos and Yom Tov meals with

    relatives strengthens the relation-
    ship. My alma mater, University of

    Florida said after a study: Establish-
    ing a time during the week for noth-
    ing but family time and conversation

    can reduce stress significantly and is

    linked to a 50% increase in longev-
    ity over a person’s life span. Kids

    who have meals with their families
    are actually more likely to be open
    about what’s going on in their lives

    and talking it out in a relaxed set-
    ting can significantly reduce stress.

    R. Goldberg writes, “A startling

    number of Americans exist in ‘par-
    tisan echo chambers,’ where they

    only consume news that reinforces
    their existing political and social
    biases. David E. Broockman, one
    of the study’s authors, describes the
    concept of selective exposure and
    suggests that many people choose

    to isolate themselves in a bubble be-
    cause that constantly reinforces their

    views, in effect providing a defense
    against a complex, unstable world.”
    Does R Goldberg know that this
    study was conducted by someone
    who graduated from Yale and was a

    member of the Skull and Bones So-
    ciety? Also, he is a Jewish gay pro-
    fessor in Berkeley California and the

    study was funded by the ADL.
    Vues Master’s Note: I guess we say
    Eizehu Chacham halomeid mikol

    Dear Vues Master:

    In Mesilas Yesharim it says, “Dark-
    ness of night causes man’s eyes to

    err in two ways. Number (1) it cov-
    ers the eye so that he cannot see at

    all what is before him, or Number
    (2) it deceives him so that a pillar
    appears as if it is a man or a man
    as a pillar.” R. Goldberg quotes Dr.

    Broockman who stumbles on Num-
    ber (2) because he thinks good is bad

    and bad is good. Similarly, my son
    thinks I’m wrong and his rabbis are
    right. Number (2) blindness is harder
    to heal than Number (1) because it is
    condoned by some authority. If my
    son would know, in his heart, that
    rabbis are not created equal, they are
    not all good. People who suffer from

    Number (2) blindness is like Dr. Li-
    eberman says: If you can convince

    children that objective reality is an
    illusion; that A does not equal A; that
    black is white; and that good is bad;
    if you can make them, accept that
    everything is subjective and relative;

    then you own them. They will be-
    lieve any drivel. Number (1) blind-
    ness is a mistake in objective reality

    and that can be healed with life expe-
    rience. It can also be a steppingstone

    to healing Number (2) blindness,
    but he would still need an authority
    figure to guide him out of the forest.
    Good luck finding someone like that

    when you are in the center of the for-
    est. If only he would let his father

    be a beacon of light and follow his
    simple suggestions.
    Vues Master’s Note: Once again you
    are consistent on your touic!

    Dear Vues Master:

    To those that go away for the Sum-
    mer. Remember your bungalow

    needs smoke detectors just like your
    apartment needs them. Make sure

    there is a fence around the swim-
    ming pool and do not allow kids to

    swim without supervision. Lastly,

    those remaining in the city, remem-
    ber Curtis Sliwa is a closet Jew hater

    and do not even if you listen to wabc
    do not admit to listening if you have
    an arbitron or nielsen diary.
    Vues Master’s Note: Thanks for the
    warning! What is an Arbitron or
    Nielsen Diary?

    Dear Vues Master:
    A Neis occured in the Nasso edition
    of The Jewish Vues, rivaling that
    of the miraculous consensus of the
    70 translators of the Torah (targum

    shivim). The columns of both Rab-
    bi Elimelech Biderman and Rabbi

    Mordechai Kaminetsky not only had
    the same title of “Nasso: If not now,

    when?” but even all of the text was

    the same. Truly a modern day mira-
    cle of Ke’ish echad b’lev echad. (Or,

    maybe something else caused that.)
    Vues Master’s Note: LOL!


    Dear Vues Master:
    A Rav who gave a very long דרשה
    noticed that one of the מתפללים
    walked out in the middle of his
    דרשה. After the תפילות, the Rav told
    the man’s wife that he was offended
    that her husband walked out on his

    speech. “You shouldn’t be offend-
    ed,” the woman said. “He walks in

    his sleep.”
    Vues Master’s Note: I am sure the
    Rabbi felt great!

    Dear Vues Master:
    The parsha of Naso starts off with
    Naso es Rosh – lifting up the head

    of Yiden and it ends with the Nesi-
    im. How does one lift up people?

    During Matan Torah on Shavous the

    Yiden were given two crowns. Af-
    ter they sinned with the Egel, the

    crowns were taken away. How do
    we get them back? In Pirkei Avos,
    it states that there are three crowns:
    the crown of Torah, the crown of

    priesthood and the crown of monar-
    chy. But then it adds: there is another

    crown – the crown on a good name
    – which is superior to the others. If
    there is another one, shouldn’t it say
    – four crowns? I asked around and

    couldn’t get a good answer. How-
    ever, my dentist said that I must be

    special then because I have nine
    crowns in my mouth. I was lifted
    up by that crowning achievement.

    In the middle of the parsha, it dis-
    cusses the issue of the nazir – the

    person who vows to abstain from
    wine, taking haircuts, and being
    matamei meis. The word Nazir also
    comes from word nezar which is a

    crown. By abstaining from material
    pleasures, he has earned a spiritual
    crown. There is a question: why
    is the parsha of Nazir next to that
    of a Soitah? Rashi answers that
    when a person sees the shame of a
    soitah, he should vow nazirous to
    keep away from sin. Another way
    of remembering this is the saying:
    Nichnas Yayin Yutza Soitah. The
    haftorah of the parsha discusses the
    case of a famous Nazir – Shimshon

    ha’kibor who was designated a life-
    time Nazir by his parents as a result

    of them meeting the malach. What
    was the name of the malach? It says
    “va’hu Paly”. It doesn’t necessarily
    mean his name was Paly. It could
    just mean that he was my friend,
    my Pal. So what was his name? It
    could be that his name was Yoinah;
    we sing on Shabbos “Yoinah mutzu
    boy Munoiach”. “Va’shum yunuchu

    yegeeai koach” – from there Shim-
    son got his strength.

    Vues Master’s Note: Sounds like
    my Mashgiach’s shmuess after I fell
    asleep in the middle of it!

    Dear Vues Master:
    In a democratic society, debate is
    supposed to be a prerequisite for
    the winner. Popularity contests are
    generally regulated in a high school

    setting, not national elections. How-
    ever, in recent years, the drive for

    power has shut down substantive
    arguments as an electoral winner.
    Since the age of Covid, the embrace
    of electoral tactics as the primary
    “tick for tack” war in an election
    season has taken form. Early voting
    and mail-in ballots have been the
    two key factors of the new electoral
    era. In 2020, 60% of early
    votes came from Democrats, while
    only 32% came from Republicans.
    Similarly in 2022, Democrats in
    battlegrounds like Michigan and
    Pennsylvania voted early by more
    than at best 20% than Republicans,

    while nationally Democrats bested
    Republicans by 10%. Democrat’s
    embracement of voter contacting
    strategies to court voters to vote
    as early as possible has resulted in
    victory after victory. This includes
    candidates that are viewed as more
    vulnerable including, gaffe-filled
    President Joe Biden, ill-stricken

    Senator John Fetterman, abortion-
    loving Governor Gretchen Whit-
    mer, etc. Candidate quality does

    not matter as much as it once did,
    instead strategy quality is where the
    money is at. Two weeks ago,
    the only other viable Republican
    running for president announced
    his official run. When Ron DeSantis

    announced his run, the official pri-
    mary began. In the past two weeks

    with all the battles between team

    Trump and DeSantis, the overarch-
    ing factor that matters the most has

    gotten less attention: ballot strate-
    gies. Since Covid, Democrats have

    sought out early voters and engaged
    with voters in a more organized

    and efficient strategy than Repub-
    licans. The top priority in the Re-
    publican party should not be what

    nickname Governor DeSantis has

    today, but instead building a ballot-
    chasing/harvesting strategy for the

    GOP. The arguments over the

    party leader in 2023 are a distrac-
    tion from the real issue. Having a

    candidate like DeSantis in the race
    where his state’s GOP pursued early
    voting and won the vote, leading
    to a 20% overall victory is a start.

    DeSantis in this debate has the re-
    cord, while Trump has the record of

    rhetoric. Republicans must demand

    both Trump and DeSantis for a con-
    cise and efficient operation to win

    elections, thereby countering and
    defeating the Democrat machine.
    As a famous saying goes, “Fight fire
    with fire!”
    Sincerely, DSG
    Vues Master’s Note: Time will tell
    there is a lot of time left!

    Dear Vues Master:
    When the son of גורדון אליעזר ר׳
    was approaching his Bar Mitzvah,
    his father taught him a דרשה, which

    the boy said at the meal on Shab-
    bos. When the guests left, אליעזר ר׳

    jokingly said to his son: “In truth it
    was אסור for you to give the דרשה
    on שבת because, being my work,
    it was an מלאכה אב. But since you
    messed it up, it was מותר because
    “.כל המקלקלין בשבת פטורין
    Vues Master’s Note: It also caused
    a chaburah to me as I was banging
    my head against the wall inorder to

    understand! This gives a new mean-
    ing when in Yeshiva they have Bo-
    churim give Chaburos!

    Dear Vues Master:

    At their 50th anniversary celebra-
    tion, a couple acknowledged that

    like most couples they had had their
    difficult moments. Had they ever
    thought of divorce, they were asked.
    “Gosh, no,” they replied. “Murder
    yes, but divorce never.”
    Vues Master’s Note: Seems to last
    even longer as time goes by when
    you are miserable!

    Dear Vues Master:
    Daniel was buying stamps at the
    post office when he noticed a man
    putting stamps and I Love You
    stickers on more than what seemed
    like a hundred envelopes. Then, he

    sprayed them with perfume. Curi-
    ous, Daniel approached him and

    said “I don’t want to be nosy, but do
    you mind me asking what you are
    doing?” “Marketing. I hope to get
    more business,” the man replied.
    “I’m sending out Valentine’s cards
    signed ‘from you know who.’”
    “What kind of business do you
    have?” Daniel asked. “I’m a divorce

    Vues Master’s Note: Looking for
    business in the worst places! The
    post office is so unreliable that the

    letters will never reach their desti-

    Dear Vues Master:
    Moshe got into a terrible fight with
    his wife. He stomped out of the
    house and went for a long drive to

    cool off. After a few hours, he de-
    cided to call home to test the tem-
    perature and perhaps even apolo-
    gize. “What are you doing now?”

    he asked his wife. “I’m preparing
    poison for dinner,” she replied.
    “Great,” he said. “But make just one
    portion. I’m eating out.”

    Vues Master’s Note: Sounds like Be-
    suel and Lavan!

    Dear Vues Master:
    Arnold stood over the golf ball
    for what seemed like forever. He
    looked up, looked down, measured
    the distance, and did all kinds of
    mental calculations. He was driving
    Tommy, his golfing partner, nuts.
    “Why don’t you just hit the ball

    already?” Tommy demanded. Ar-
    nold calmly responded: “My wife is

    watching me from the clubhouse. I
    want to make this a perfect shot.”
    “Forget it,” Tommy replied, “You’ll
    never hit her from here.”
    Vues Master’s Note: I guess he

    wanted to dig a hole and bury him-
    self as a hole in one!